The doctors and staff of the Pediatric Care Group are committed to providing medical care for our patients during this difficult time.
Here are the best tips to protect your children from getting sick, from both the providers at PCG and the Center for Disease Control:
- Avoid those who are sick.
- Clean & sanitize surfaces, high touch areas, equipment, etc.
- Clean your hands and your children’s hands often, for 20 seconds or more with warm soapy water.
- Wash items including stuffed animals and plush toys. Use the warmest water possible.
COVID-19 in Children
Children generally show mild symptoms when they are infected with COVID-19. Reported symptoms of the virus include:
- runny nose
- vomiting and diarrhea
According to the CDC, “It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is more to learn about how the disease impacts children.”
*Keep in mind, children do not need to wear facemasks if they are healthy. Only those who have symptoms or are providing care need to wear masks.
Watch for Signs of Illness
If you see any signs of illness resembling the known symptoms of COVID-19, call Pediatric Care Group immediately and be sure to keep children away from others as much as possible.
Time Away from School
We recognize this time away from school is unprecedented and poses challenges for both entertaining children and keeping up with work. According to the CDC, they recommend:
- Limiting social interactions. Limit children’s contact with friends and only allow very small groups to meet.
- Clean hands frequently. Be sure children are cleaning their hands frequently and properly.
- Cancel travel plans. Unfortunately, travel is not recommended unless essential at this time.
Continue Learning Outside of School
The CDC encourages parents to stay in touch with schools. To continue to foster learning at home, follow these tips:
- If online learning is available to review assignments and help children access projects. Make yourself available for any help and questions.
- Communicate challenges directly with your children’s’ school.
- Create a daily schedule. This will help children to stay in a routine and improve focus during “school” times. However, it’s important to allow for flexibility. This is a trying time and children can feel the stresses and anxiety we all do.