For the first time in a very long time, we all have a chance to be heroes and the best part is that we get to be heroes from the comfort of our homes! While this is super cool, it might be a bit of a challenge to keep our health and sanity intact while being on lock-down. And if it is hard for us, it is even harder for our children. It is now very necessary for you as a parent to learn ways to keep your kids healthy while in isolation. And that’s why we’re here.
How to keep your kids healthy in this dreadful COVID-19 storm
Health, according to WHO, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Let’s start with physical health.
You’ll agree with me that this period is not the time to have compromised immunity or be ill from minor diseases. Even regular cough spells or sneezing is highly suspicious these days. However, it is still possible to keep your kids healthy while in isolation.
Follow the preventive measures to the letter
Observe every single necessary preventive measures as stated by WHO which corresponds with that of CDC and NCDC. What are the preventive measures?
Maintaining social distance – Stay 6 feet away from others.
Stay at home.
Wash, wash and wash your hands regularly – do this the right way. Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds. To make this easier for the kids, involve this activity with a song or you could google for children songs about hand washing.
Sneeze or cough into their elbows. If the kids use their hands, they should wash their hands immediately. Tissue? Then dispose properly.
7 Extra tips to keep your kids healthy – mentally and physically!
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Make juices out of pineapples and watermelons to incite the kids. On a sunny day, you could blend up the fruits and freeze them to create your very own ice cream.
- Make them wash their hands often and pack their hair away from their face so they touch it less.
- Keep your environment and home neat. With the kids at home, it’s bound to get dirtier faster. Involve them in the cleaning process, but don’t make it seem like a chore or a load of work. Invent ways to make it fun.
- You could announce that the child with the neatest room gets control of the TV remote. They’ll be at home for a while, you do not want to make home tiring.
- Speaking of TV, monitor very closely what your kids are watching. They don’t need to know the gruesome details of the pandemic. You shouldn’t even be watching the news yourself if it gives you anxiety.
- Decide with your partner what you want them to know and talk with them. Answer their questions as simply and honestly as possible.
- Run away from anything that would stress you and only engage in activities that give you a purpose. Remember that if you’re stressed and your mental health is compromised, your kids will be too. If you’re feeling stressed out already, then you should deal with it.
Final note on how you can keep your kids healthy while in isolation
On a final note, regular exercising is vital for good health. You and your kids can do aerobics, dance to videos in the living room or do mild stretching exercises. If you have a garden or a patch of unused land, now is the time to plant.
You could go out for short walks provided you stay away from other people. Let your kids WhatsApp their friends or call them on Skype or Zoom to catch up. It’s important they talk to other people so they know they’re not alone.
Remember to keep an open mind, and not be too scared because this COVID-19 pandemic will end. What’s important is staying fit and healthy. Have all the necessary meds for cold, headaches, malaria, fever, flu and of course, your doctor’s number in case someone gets sick.
Keep the NCDC hotlines close if you don’t know what to do and monitor your kids very closely so you’ll notice if they show symptoms. Do all these and you’ll keep your kids healthy while in isolation. Stay safe and stay home.