As if parents don’t have enough to worry about, along came the corona virus. And with it, the very real dangers of a very sick child. The good news is, most infected children will only have mild symptoms. However, kids with underlying conditions such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, or any sort of lung, heart, or immune system condition may be more at risk. And no parent would willingly want their child to feel crappy. So, to keep children safe, practice these 4 rules:
- Keep them home
With schools being open and shut more times than a magazine at a dentist’s office, many children and parents are getting justifiably tired of being cooped up at home. But as tempting as it may be to bring your child along for shopping trips – don’t. Children are far more likely to unnecessarily touch things, fidget with their masks, and generally expose themselves to infection. For food and groceries, many stores and companies provide delivery services. And for all your pharmacy essentials, MedsToGo gets all your family’s chronic medication, supplements, immune boosters, and everything else to you safely, reliably, and conveniently. So, in case of cabin fever, rather head outside to the garden or park.
- Up their hygiene game
Mothers have been telling children to wash their hands before dinner for generations. And this wisdom could not be more relevant today. Teach your children to wash their hands thoroughly every time they come in from outside (remember that ‘sing Happy Birthday twice’ for a 20 second wash advice?), and before eating anything (even snacks). And if your toddler is prone to putting just about anything in their mouth, it’s probably a good idea to give all their favourite chewables around the house a good regular clean.
- Keep up with their chronic meds
Between having to juggle work and children – sometimes literally – parents are being spread frustratingly thin. But if there’s one ball you shouldn’t let drop, it’s your children’s medication schedule. Chronic conditions have to be carefully managed, and even one missed dose can cause a problem. But luckily this one’s an easy fix. Get all their meds delivered, so you don’t have to worry about schlepping to the pharmacy, or arranging someone to look after the kids while you do.
- Consider immune boosters
Vitamin A, C, D, E and Zinc are all great for boosting your family’s immune system. You can get them from foods such as carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, strawberries, bell peppers, vegetable oils, nuts, avocados, beans and poultry. But if your little one is a fussy eater, you might want to consider a supplement in the form of tablets you can grind up and sneak into their juice, smoothie, or food. Out of sight, and out of mind, but still potent and effective! Just add these on your next MedsToGo delivery list.
Many parents are feeling overwhelmed by the current situation, and anything that makes life easier – like getting deliveries – is not just a convenience, but an essential. So, spend less time having to go out (and risk infection), and more time at home with the people who matter.