With Coronavirus or Covid-19 at the top of the news right now, you’re likely looking at ways to keep your family healthy. Sleep can go a long way to keep your baby, toddlers and your family healthy.
An abundance of toilet paper at home is not likely to make a difference, so instead of hoarding loo rolls, what can you do to keep your family healthy?
The Good News
Although babies and children CAN get sick with coronavirus, it’s typically much less severe than it is for those over the age of 60, with an extremely low mortality rate.
That’s good news for the smallest ones in your family.
The Bad News? Little Ones Can Share
Babies and children, however, are still able to transmit the virus to others, even without showing any symptoms. This means that those that may be more vulnerable, such as grandparents, can unknowingly be exposed to the coronavirus without a baby or child appearing ill.
As an example, the case of a 6-month old baby in Singapore, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, had both parents and his nanny hospitalised with Covid-19. Without caregivers, the baby needed to stay at the hospital. Although the baby showed no symptoms, he was tested on admission and was found to have a high viral load, testing positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). The baby’s only symptom during his hospital stay was an elevated body temperature for just one hour. He continued to test positive for the virus until day 17 of his admission.
I know that you want to do everything you can to keep your family healthy, and that means you need to stay healthy too. You can’t care for your little ones if you are sick.
As has been repeated, effective handwashing is essential. It’s also not a very popular activity with many little ones. If you’ve been to the store lately to find hand sanitiser, you’ve likely left empty-handed.
One option for little ones is to make handwashing fun. Try filling a large bowl with warm and very soapy water and add a few toys for your little one to play with or wash for a few minutes.
Your toddler may not be keen to wash their hands but may be very receptive to washing or cleaning one of their toys. If they can reach a sink, try putting the toy in the sink to “wash.”
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