Covid-19 Protection for Children
Children can get infected with coronavirus (covid-19), but their symptoms tend to be much milder and most are at a lower risk of severe illness than adults. Although it is rare, some children have developed a severe inflammatory condition known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). This condition can affect multiple organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of MIS-C can include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, red eyes, and swollen hands or feet.
Even though their risk of severe illness and hospitalization due to covid-19 is low, it is still important to take steps to protect your children from contracting the virus.
Teach your kid to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently with warm water and soap. Making it fun can help them remember and want to wash their hands. Have them to sing “Happy Birthday” or name 20 of their favorite animals or maybe even foods. If you have children over the age of 2, encourage them to wear a mask in crowded settings where social distancing is difficult. Leading by example is the best way to show your kids how important it is. If you’re wearing a mask they are less likely to make a fuss over wearing one. Teaching your child the importance of keeping their distance from strangers outside the home goes hand in hand with covid-19 protection, too.
If your children are not feelings well or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19, keep them home from school and other out-of-the-home-activities. Staying home allows your child to rest and recover faster while prevent the spread of covid-19 to others at the same time. Having your child vaccinated is another layer of protection your can provide. Children ages 5 and up are now eligible for covid-19 vaccination. If you are interested in getting your child immunized, talk to your child’s Southwest Care pediatrician
Things to keep in mind when vaccinating your child against covid-19
If you are planning to get your child vaccinated for covid-19, here are are few things to keep in mind and expect. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for children aged 5 years and older and you should consult a pediatrician about your child’s eligibility. The covid-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and have been found to be safe and highly-effective for children. However, like any vaccine, there may be side effects, which are usually mild and resolve on their own.
Children typically receive a lower dosage of the vaccine than adults do and if your child has recently received other vaccines, you may need to wait a certain amount of time before getting them vaccinated for covid-19. After vaccination, your child may experience mild side effects such as fever, headache, fatigue, or soreness at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and resolve on their own within a few days. However, if your child experiences severe or concerning symptoms seek medical attention.
It is important to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your Southwest Care pediatrician. We can provide personalized guidance and help you make an informed decision about vaccinating your child.
More covid-19 protection tips for parents
As a parent, it is important to follow public health guidelines and be aware of the symptoms of covid-19 in children. These can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. If you are observing any of these symptoms in your child, contact Southwest Care for guidance on covid testing and treatment.
Another aspect of covid-19 protection that parents may not think about is the effect the pandemic has had on children’s mental health. For some children, the pandemic has been challenging. Parents and caregivers should be aware of the impact that the pandemic may be having on their child’s mental health and seek support and resources if they believe their child is struggling.
Our expert team at Southwest Care can help with any questions you may have about providing your child covid-19 protection. Schedule an appointment with Southwest Care today by calling 505-955-9454.