As a parent, you may find yourself facing a whole new challenge- protecting your child and the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing how to protect your baby during a pandemic is vital.
Our seven handy safety tips can be extended to children of all ages and can be used especially when a loved one you stay with has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Stay at home whenever possible
For parents who have a newborn or a toddler, staying at home is advised whenever possible. While it is not possible to stay locked indoors all the time, it is important to remember the pandemic guidelines that will protect you and your baby. Maintain a social distance, wash your hands frequently and make sure that any tissue you have sneezed on is disposed of into a closed bin and that you sanitize regularly.
Limit get togethers at your home
As tempting as it may be to invite all your loved ones to see your baby or have a get-together that exceeds the number of people that are allowed indoors, it could compromise your child's safety. Limit the number of people who enter your home and make sure that items that are frequently used are washed and sanitized if necessary.
Wash your hands frequently
Washing your hands with soap and water is a good habit to get into, even when you are at home. Make sure that you have hand sanitizers that have at least 60% of alcohol in them placed around busy areas of the home, but out of reach from your child.
Disinfect surfaces regularly
The COVID-19 virus is known to live on surfaces days after the infected person has sneezed or coughed on it. Regularly disinfecting your surfaces along with any purchases, you bring into your home before you use them is good practice. Remember to avoid touching items and then your face when you are out in public to avoid possibly spreading bacteria and the virus.
Prepare food carefully
Always make sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables. Make sure that the items you are using to prepare your food have been cleaned and that all meals are cooked properly to avoid making yourself and your baby ill.
Keep your home well ventilated
Keeping your home well ventilated is crucial to avoid the virus from incubating in your home. Should a loved one be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, they will need to isolate or go to a hospital for further medical attention. Keeping your home ventilated when someone is sick and sticking to social distancing can help reduce the spread of the virus.
Make sure that they are covered
Wearing a mask is not recommended for babies or children who are younger than 2 years old. This also includes face shields. You can choose to place your baby in a stroller and covering it with a light swaddle blanket when outside, but it is best advised to avoid covering your child's face with a mask as it can become a choking hazard.