Tips for Helping Young Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Tips for Helping Young Children during the Coronavirus PandemicThis can feel like an especially scary time for both children and adults alike. But if you have little ones at home, you'll want to help them feel safe during this turbulent time. And if they attend daycare, it's important that they're in the care of staff that knows how to provide both physical safety and psychological comfort. Here's a look at five tips for helping young children navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Opportunities for Control

In an environment filled with uncertainty, it'll be best if you can find ways for your child to exert control over their surroundings. You can give them the chance to choose activities, as well agency over keeping themselves healthy, through routines like thorough handwashing.

Limit Media Exposure

During times of crisis, television images and reporting can be quite scary. Young children could be especially frightened by the turmoil, and it's a good idea to ensure that they're not overexposed to dire messages that are being transmitted through image and/or text.

Provide Reassurance

When your child is showing signs of anxiety---such as crankiness or disrupted sleep patterns--- make a concerted effort to comfort them. They need to know that there are reasons to feel hope and happiness.

Regularly Wash Hands

Children are not immune to coronavirus and to reduce their risk of catching and spreading it, they should be regularly washing their hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.

Limit Close Contact with Other Children

Until this virus has widely subsided, it's best if children aren't congregating in close proximity. In some situations, it is more or less inevitable that children will at times be close to each other. Still, there should still be an effort to minimize the risk of transmission.

During the time of coronavirus, you'll want to make sure to choose a reputable daycare that will take the proper precautions to keep your little one as safe as possible. For child care in Richmond, VA, contact Country Day Care ((804) 282-8502. Or for preschool in Glen Allen, VA, call Magnolia Ridge at (804) 515-1933 Feel free to call and ask any questions that you might have about our childcare philosophy!


Country Day Care Blog
Posted: May 22, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ



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