Families across the countries all over the World are adapting to the new changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events,acknowledging some level of concern and empathy for them is important especially with the increase being experienced in all areas of life.
Taking the necessary actions that reduce the risk of illness. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. This is also a tremendous opportunity for adults to model for children problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion as we all work through daily schedules.
Taking necessary caution
Parents and guardians needs to be aware of how to talk about COVID-19 around them. as discussion about COVID-19 can increase or decrease child’s fear.
- remind your child that your family is healthy,
- you are going to do everything within your power to keep loved ones safe and well.
Possible suggestions that can help keep children calm.
- Dispel rumors and inaccurate information.
- Explain to your child that many stories about COVID-19 on the internet may include rumors and inaccurate information. Older children, in particular, may be accessing a great deal of information online and from friends that contains inaccuracies.
- Talk to your child about factual disease information.
- Provide alternatives to engage your child in games or other exciting activities instead
- Practice daily good hygiene by encouraging your child to practice family outlined hygiene
Recommendation daily actions to prevent spreading the virus among our children.
- Keep daily explanation age appropriate.
- Take time to talk and let your children’s questions guide you. Answer their questions truthfully, but don’t offer unnecessary details or facts.
- Don’t avoid giving them the information that experts indicate as crucial to your children’s well-being
- Build the immune system. Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly; this will help them develop a robust immune system to fight off illness.
finally, be aware of your child’s mental health. Most children will manage well with the support of parents and other family members, if given attention and ultimately quality time to talk and ask questions
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