We’re still in a pandemic y’all. Unfortunately the number of new cases of COVID-19 is accelerating dramatically. The CDC is reporting that more children have become infected with the virus as schools have reopened, but overall school-based outbreaks have been limited, according to the same report.
We recently had a COVID scare with a family member we had been around during the holiday’s who tested positive. Thank God we all tested negative and the family member with the diagnosis had a mild case, but it was a close call that really scared the living mess out of me.
I’m sharing a few tips for our kids as a reminder because, we can not afford to get lax at this crucial time!
- Masks should not be place on children under the age of 2 years or those who have trouble breathing due to risk of suffocation.
- Use face coverings in public where it is difficult to stay more than 6 feet apart.
- Children are less likely to get severely ill but they are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers! Using a cloth mask on your child can prevent them from infecting others by blocking respiratory droplets that may land on other people.
- Non-medical face coverings will not offer complete protection but they are better than nothing!
- For younger children who are unable to understand that they can’t run up to people and touch things, it is better for them to stay at home or in spaces that are away from other people.
- If you are in an environment where you can stay 6 feet away from people, such as in an outdoor park or a hiking trail, you and your child do not need a mask.
- Your child does not need to wear a mask at home. If someone in your home is sick, try to isolate the sick person.
- For toddlers who have difficulty keeping a mask on, try explaining why other people are wearing masks and why it is important.
- Set an example by wearing a mask yourself and provide positive reinforcement when your child does wear one.
- Decorate masks or buy masks that your child likes, so they seem more fun and less scary!
- Show your kids pictures of other children wearing masks to continue to normalize. mask-wearing or put them on stuff animals or dolls.
- Face coverings should securely cover the nose and mouth and shouldn’t be touched when worn.
- Children should wash their hands before and after removing a mask.
- They should take off their masks from behind instead of touching the front.
- Cloth masks should be used after each wearing if possible.
- Face masks with filters inside them are not recommended as they make it difficult for young child to breathe.
Stay safe out there y’all!
Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics