Talking to Your Children

Your influence matters! Wield it wisely, with passion, purpose and love.

The mental health of our children also impacts the community, starting with their families, friends, school environment and services needed to accommodate the children’s needs.

COVID-19 has obviously added additional anxiety provoking issues; among those being fear of catching the illness, missing school friends and teachers, schedule changes, distancing from friends, missing birthday parties, team sports participation and social events.

for more information about Childhood Mental Health Awareness, click here! 

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When? Wednesday, May 27th at 11:30 AM EST.
About? Child Home Safety in the time of COVID: A Neglected Priority
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What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?
Children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults.

Protection for my children against COVID-19?

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items

Are symptoms different in children than in adults for COVID-19?
No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults.

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Individuals who are infected with COVID-19 have had a range of severity, from mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms of:

  • Fever

            (Children: 2 years to 3 years: 102.5 F and 3 years or older: 103 F)

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How to talk about COVID-19 to your children?

  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma
  • Pay attention to what children see or hear on social media, television and the radio
  • Provide information that is honest
  • Teach your children everyday actions to reduce spread of germs
  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Get children into a handwashing habit. (Singing songs: ABC’s, Birthday song, counting 20 Mississippi’s etc.)

Remember, your child will mimic your anxiety and your responses, so be a responsible example and remain sensible and calm. It is impossible to keep your children away from all the news that is spreading around, instead of ignoring the crisis, help your kids the right way!

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Children’s Health and Child Care Policy Changes in Florida Due to COVID-19

 

 

 

 

For information on how to manage your child’s fear of the Coronavirus please visit, https://www.centerforchildcounseling.org/managing-your-childs-coronavirus-fear/