In my last post I wrote about resolutions for the new year. It is indeed a difficult year, starting with a new Coronovirus that set on China with many people getting sick. Some recover easily, other get very sick with fatal effects. There is no treatment.There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Here in Greece,we don’t have many patients, but there is also the seasonal flu, that has killed quite a few people here in Greece. In both cases, the first and most important thing to do is prevention. We should be prepared and we should also give our children some guidelines
What does the World Health Organization(WHO) advice ?
1.Wash your hands frequently
Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands
2.Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touc
3.Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
4.Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
5.If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.
Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc.
Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
Try and keep children close to you and avoid separating from them to the extent possible. If separation occurs (e.g. hospitalization) ensure regular contact (e.g. via phone) and re-assurance.
Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new
environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.
Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting. My daughter usually gets upset when we watch the news, so we turn down the voice or change channel.
What other ways do you think will help the children -and us- to cope with illness?
Share your thoughts in the comment section!