- As a parent, you should worry about the safety of your children. Needless to say, parents wonder if their children could be at risk, as stories of the new coronavirus that began in China flood the news.
- We are still learning about this new coronavirus. There are many things that we still don’t know how to spread, how serious they are or how to treat them. The fact that so much is largely unknown makes it terrifying. But there are things we know about this virus and others that like it, that can help us ensure the safety and well-being of our children.
- All of the information below assumes that you and your family have not recently traveled to an area with known cases of coronavirus or had another possible exposure. In this case, you should immediately consult your doctor.
- At the time of this release, there are relatively few cases in the United States and numerous measures are being taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It is important to stay updated and follow the advice of the health authorities in your area, and not panic if your child or other family or community member suffers from cough and fever. It is much more likely to be a cold or flu than a coronavirus.
- The flu infects millions of people every year and kills thousands. Each year, doctors and health authorities discuss how you and your loved ones can protect yourself from the flu. These precautions can also protect you against the coronavirus, as the two diseases seem to spread similarly.
- Make sure everyone washes their hands! Use soap and water and wash them for 20 seconds (approximately until the alphabet sings). If you don’t have a sink in your hand, a hand sanitizer is just what you need: make sure you distribute it well and pass it through all your hands, even between your fingers. Wash before meals and snacks after staying in public places and after meeting someone who is sick or who may be.
- Promote healthy habits such as healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep. This will help keep your child’s immune system strong.
- Make sure your child has received the flu vaccine. The flu is much more common and can also be very dangerous.
- Teach children not to touch their mouth, eyes or nose with their hands unless they have been washed. Easier said than done, I admit it. Turn it into a game: let it sting your knees. Use tissues to clean your mouth and nose and quickly dispose of used tissues.
- *Teach children to be careful with the surfaces they touch when they are in public. The handyman seems to instinctively reach everything around them, so you must be creative. Take them things or take your hands. Ask them to wear gloves (in cold climates, you probably have extras to wash the ones you wear after returning). It is not a bad idea to bring some wipes to clean seats, tables and other similar items in public spaces before using them.
Does avoiding Coronavirus mean staying home?
Stay away from sick people as much as possible. If there is no specific public health record in your region or region, it does not mean that you stay at home, leave school or daycare and refuse to be invited to a birthday party. In the end, it is impossible to stay away from someone who has germs that could spread; As with many viruses, people with coronavirus.
can be contagious before they realize they are sick. Pay attention only to the symptoms of people around you, such as coughing or sneezing. Keep a space between you and others in public spaces (again, if possible).
- When you place people in your home, you have the right (responsibility) to ask them not to come when they are sick. Keep a hand sanitizer near the front door and ask guests to use it upon arrival.
- If someone in your family has a fever and cough, they should stay home. It is probably not a coronavirus, but it is probably contagious. Not only is staying at home and resting is the best way to improve, but you also don’t want to panic by letting your child cough on your child’s face.
Advice: If your child has a fever and cough it may be a symbol Coronavirus
If your child gets a fever and cough, this is what you should do:
- Call your doctor’s office for specific advice for your child and your community.
- If your doctor doesn’t think your child should be seen, it can help you feel better.
- Make sure they stay hydrated. Be sure to drink regularly. Ice popsicles are a great way to introduce fluids and relieve a sore throat.
- with paracetamol or ibuprofen for fever. Ask your doctor about the correct dose for your child.
- Use a humidifier to reduce congestion.
- Limit the use of over-the-counter cold medicines in children under 6 years. They do not help much (even in children older than 6 years) and can have side effects. Honey can relieve cough in children older than one year. Use salt water drops for nasal congestion.
- Make sure they rest. It is not a good idea to get stuck on a TV or device all day.
Pay Attention to the Warning signs and consult a doctor if they occur:
- Trouble breathing (rapid or difficult breathing, sucking around the neck or ribs, pale or bluish)
- strong cough that does not stop
- high fever that does not decrease with acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- unusual drowsiness
- Irritability or pain that cannot be relieved.
- Refusing to drink fluids or signs concerning dehydration (dry mouth, no tears, not urinating at least every six hours).
- You should also consult your doctor if your child has an unusual skin rash, vomiting or diarrhea, or if something else worries him. Over the years I have learned that parents have a very good “spider sensation” when something is wrong.