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COVID-19 IN CHILDREN by Dr. Alexia Treviño, SILAMP Health

According to the CDC, there is yet no evidence that children appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults, although some children have been infected, most cases appear to be reported in adults. Children who have been infected with COVID-19 generally showed mild cold-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. In case of children with underlying diseases such as asthma, heart problems, weakened immune system, those who are on long-term steroid treatment, or those children with special needs no evidence has been reported saying they might be considered to be at higher risk for severe illness, but due to their conditions they should be taken care of as someone considered as a high risk person.

WHAT PROTECTIVE MEASURES SHOULD YOU PRACTICE WITH YOUR CHILDREN? Teach your child about coughing and sneezing protocols such as using a tissue to cover their mouth and nose or to use the inner part of the elbow when doing so. Keep your hands clean at all times! By washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using and alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. Avoid people who are sick. Practice physical distance, keeping distance of at least 6 feet from anyone who is not in their household. Keep children away from high risk groups of people such as elderly and adults with chronic conditions. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces ( toys, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, sinks, toilets). Launder items including washable toys, try to keep these items away from your body when doing so and make sure to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after doing so. Children 2 years or older should wear a cloth face covering when going outside or when around other people who are not part of their household.

Be aware of the appearance of any new signs and symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If any of these appear call your healthcare provider and keep your child at home. Watch for signs of stress in your child such as excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits and difficulty with attention or concentration. Help your child stay active, play outdoors, take a walk or bike ride keeping distance from others. Indoor activities like stretching or dancing. Reach out to family or friends via supervised phone or video calls. Take time to talk with them about the COVID-19 outbreak. Resources may be found in CDC website, search for “Talking with Children About COVID-19”.

Remember! As a parent it is important for you to be a role model for your child, practice and teach these hygiene protocols to protect yourself and your family! For more vídeos on health and well-being subscribe my YouTube channel “Salud con Alexia Treviño” : Don’t forget to leave your LIKE! Instagram: @altrevq

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