How to Protect Children amid Epidemic Spread?

Authors: Go Chengdu

2020-02-12

The spread of the epidemic has involved a growing number of people, including children, who are even more vulnerable to infection due to their physical features and underdeveloped immune functions. How to protect children during the period?
The spread of the epidemic has involved a growing number of people, including children, who are even more vulnerable to infection due to their physical features and underdeveloped immune functions. How to protect children during the period?
1. Protective measures and precautions at home
In addition to routine measures, families with children should pay special attention to the followings:
To protect infants:
Infants cannot wear masks, and parents must do the followings before they take care of their babies:
(1) Avoid crowded places; wear masks as it is required;
(2) Change clothes and shoes upon returning home, dispose of masks properly, wash hands and face, clean nostrils before touching children;
(3) When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose completely with a tissue (cover your mouth and nose with your sleeves if you have no time to get a tissue, then change clothes when you get home);
(4) Throw the used tissues into closed bins immediately;
(5) Wash hands carefully before touching children;
(6) Do not kiss the baby or breathe to it;
(7) Do not share tableware and drinking utensils with children, and do not blow to cool food to feed the baby;
To protect young children:
Children of the ages are active. Pay special attention to:
(1) Urge children to wash their hands and face frequently;
(2) Children must use tableware alone. It is recommended that the tableware be sterilized in boiling water;
(3) Keep children from the mobile phones you use;
(4) Children must not watch TV or play electronic products overtime;
(5) Make sure children have enough sleep.
2. Is the child infected when he has a fever?
Winter and spring are the seasons when respiratory infections happen very often. Most fever cases on children are caused by common respiratory infections or influenza and other common diseases. But be alert if children have:
(1) Record of traveling or staying in Wuhan within two weeks before the onset of the symptoms;
(2) Contact with patients with fever and respiratory symptoms from Wuhan within 2 weeks before the onset of the symptoms;
If your child had the record and showed the symptoms of fever, cough, diarrhea and so on, it is recommended you bring the child to the nearest designated hospital;
Otherwise, you can choose a pediatric clinic or a general hospital. Remember to make an appointment in advance, and minimize the time of staying at the hospital.
3. What do people do when visiting the hospital?
Parents and children must take personal measures. It is recommended you have antipyretics, disposable hand sanitizer or disposable wet wipes with alcohol, water cups, towels, medical cards, etc.
Keep off from the public facilities, wear a mask; avoid rubbing your eyes with hands or touching your mouth. After going out of the hospital, wash your hands under running water with soap or hand sanitizer.

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