Being a new mom is stressful enough and adding a global pandemic into the mix can make it feel overwhelming. It is good to know that according to the CDC, “children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults”. While there are some cases, adults make up most of the cases to date.
It is important to listen to your pediatrician and local leaders to help protect your growing family. There are several simple and easy steps you can take that can help put your mind at easy.
Steps to Help Protect Children from COVID-19
You may find that many of the CDC recommendations are similar to those for everyone else but there are a few everyday preventive actions and tips to help children stay healthy, as well.
- Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
- Put distance between your children and other people outside of your home. Keep children at least 6 feet from other people.
- Children 2 years and older should wear a mask over their nose and mouth when in public settings where it’s difficult to practice social distancing. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) the other everyday preventive actions listed above.
- Masks should NOT be worn by anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (like tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks).
- Launder items including washable plush toys as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
- Make sure your children are up to date on well-child visits and immunizations.
Things to Consider If Socializing
Depending on your town or states situation, you maybe be meeting with family and friends as well as thinking of play dates to help everyone cope with the stress. It is important to note that every interaction comes with risk but there are ways to help reduce it.
Be sure those that your child interacts with practice healthy habits, including social distancing and hand washing. It is alright to politely ask anyone wishing to hold your baby to wash their hands and wear a mask.
Keeping interactions with the same family and friends who are also practicing preventative measures and healthy habits is a good way to lower your child’s and your risk. While not ideal or the most fun, virtual playdates are still the best option to protecting your child. Consider all your options and make the appropriate decision based on your current situation and comfort level.
 Wash toys with potable water after disinfection