Keep children healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here are ways to promote children’s wellbeing by teaching and reinforce everyday preventive actions, bringing your child for their healthcare visits, help your child stay active, socially connected and be able to cope with stress during these times.
Children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit: Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being to help support parents, caregivers, and other adults serving children and young people in recognizing children and young people’s social, emotional, and mental health challenges and helping to ensure their well-being.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.
There are many ways you can help children learn at home. Whether your child is attending in-person classes, online classes at home, or a combination of both, adjusting to a new learning routine can be challenging and stressful for everyone involved. The following strategies are meant to help you get the support you need to facilitate at-home learning while staying connected and engaged with your school community.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If a family member tested positive for COVID,
If a family member in your household test positive for COVID, you should only get tested if you start to develop symptoms.
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Testing may be necessary for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. People who have been asked or referred to get COVID-19 testing by a healthcare provider or a local/state health department should get tested. This screening tool can also help you determine whether you need to be tested.
A family member is now sick with COVID and I have other members living in the same home, what should I do?
Keep as much space as possible (at least 6 feet)
Isolate the sick member
If possible allow the member their own bedroom and bathroom
If not able to isolate sick member, follow the below steps:
make sure the bedroom has good airflow. Open the windows and turn the fan on
place the beds at least 6ft apart
if sleeping in the same bed, sleep head to toe
put a physical divider around the sick members area (i.e. quilt, shower curtain, cardboard poster)
wash and dry linens often (wearing disposable gloves)
wash sick members laundry separate from rest of the households laundry
make sick member clean and disinfect the bathroom after each use if able
if not able, one caregiver should clean the bathroom with mask and gloves -- wait as long as possibly before going in to clean
leave the fan on
Only one person should be the caregiver for the sick family member
What should I do if I am caregiving for someone with COVID?
As a caregiver...
make sure the sick member is drinking enough fluids
limit contact as much as possible
make sure you are washing your hands after each contact
stay home as much as possible
make sure the sick member is tracking their symptoms (checking temperature regularly)
quarantine yourself after caring after the sick member
disinfect family areas often
avoid hugging, kissing, and sharing food
10 days of quarantine and after 24 hours after temperature resolution, the sick member can come out of isolation
COVID has impacted my family, are there ways that we can manage stress as a family?
Stress is not always negative. In small doses, stress has many advantages. It can help you to meet daily challenges, motivates you to reach different goals and helps in accomplishing various tasks. Take this opportunity to do things that you may have never had the time to before this pandemic had started such as:
Go out for walks
Play games with each other
try breathing exercises
Go outside and relax
play relaxing music throughout the house
find time for yourself
be open about your feelings and thoughts with your family