If you have a child going back to school after closures, you want to make sure they're healthy and safe. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. But, with the right safety measures, you can help your child prepare for their safe return to school. Here are four tips that will help you get your child prepared to go back to class.
Teach Proper Hygiene
If your child is like most, they don't spend nearly enough time on hand washing. During this pandemic, proper hygiene is more important than ever. The best way to safeguard your child is to teach them how to wash their hands properly. If your child isn't sure how long they should wash their hands for, teach them a simple song to sing. When children have a song to sing, it's easier for them to take the time they need on their hand washing.
Choose the Right Masks
If your child is required to wear a mask when they return to the classroom, make sure you choose the right ones. It's important to note that masks aren't one-size-fits-all, especially where children are concerned. Ill-fitting masks don't do enough to protect your child. Not only that, but if the masks don't fit right, your child will be more likely to take them off during school.
Before your child heads back to school, try out a few different styles of masks. Once you find a style that fits your child well, and that's breathable, stock up on enough to ensure a clean supply each day. If you're not sure how to choose the right type of mask for your child, talk to their pediatrician. They can answer any questions you might have about the best type of mask for your child.
Enforce Social Distancing
If your child will be going back into the classroom, be sure to enforce social distancing. This may involve providing some hands-on guidance about the right amount of distance. Young children might not be aware of how much space is needed between them and their friends. One way to teach your child about social distancing is by using sidewalk chalk. Head outside with a measuring tape and some sidewalk chalk. Have your child help you mark off the distance. That way, they get an accurate picture of proper social distancing.
Keep Current on Doctor's Visits
Finally, now that your child is heading back to school, it's important that you keep current on their doctors visits. Many people are avoiding doctor's offices due to the current pandemic. But your child should be seen by their regular pediatrician, especially for their well-child checkups.
For more information on pediatric care, contact a doctor in your area.