Your kids’ lives have been massively disrupted, taken away from their studies and their friends but it is important that when children return to their lives, at school, nursery or social activities that they can still remain safe during this crisis. Eventually children will be returning to education, but is there anything we can do to help our younger children stay safe?
The basic hygiene that kids need to adopt is to learn some simple lessons that will teach them about germs and how the germs are spread. Once you sit down and have a conversation about them with this, then they may start to understand. Approach it gently, talking about how germs are spread in air particles, such as when someone coughs or sneezes. Explain that the germs settle on surfaces or on their own hands and can be spread when they touch things or touch other people. Children are naturally very tactile, so stopping them from touching others will be tricky and shouldn’t be stopped completely as it is their way of learning but with good hygiene rules, you can keep them safe. Encourage them to:
- Wash their hands often, every break and lunchtime and after using the toilet.
- Covering their mouth when they cough by coughing or sneezing into the crook of their elbow and not their hands.
- If they do have a cold or any type of allergies, have them go to school with tissues too.
- Wearing fresh clothing every day and regular clothing cleaning in case parciales settle on their clothes. This applies to shoes as the virus can be spread on the soles of shoes, touching shoes etc.
- Keep the kids away from vulnerable relatives/people – this is still ongoing research but it’s important to look at how children could affect older vulnerable people. As long as they have social distance, then there is no reason why they can’t wave and chat to their grandparents. It’s good for both parties’ mental health and mood.
- Make them aware – you should make your child aware of the pandemic as much as possible, although the younger they are, the less likely they are to appreciate the severity but explain that they are living through times that will forever be remembered and that they play their part in helping everyone and heal the world. Children love to feel empowered and as if they are doing good.
- Keep hand sanitizer around the house – make sure that they use hand sanitizer in the house or in the car and encourage the use of it. You can get wholesale hand sanitizers and make sure that your family is always protected.
Be sure that you keep implementing these tips throughout the COVID 19 crisis to ensure that they can stay as clean and germ free as possible and stop the spread among the younger communities. Children should certainly be aware of the crisis and many children over the age of 6 or 7 will most likely be asking questions. Keep calm with them and firm and encourage sanitation.