Children and COVID: Let’s Talk About The NOWs.

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“NIH funds eight studies to uncover risk factors for COVID-19-related inflammatory syndrome in children.”

I hope the new research being done by such studies allows for a new Lense. To help change the perspective of how important it is to place children in the light of any situation. While adults prevention is done, so should children prevention be done.

Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die.

CDC and partners are investigating a rare but serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). We do not yet know what causes MIS-C and who is at increased risk for developing it. Learn more about MIS-C (CDC, 2020).”

In the meantime, while we wait for such information, here are some ways to help ease the worry.

Educate your child: Allow a child to know, in an appropriate age diction, what is going on around you. They see other adults worry about covid but don’t fully know why aunty, sister, or daddy is crying. That is where the problem lies. Let’s talk to our children more about the situation, not just at the beginning like you might have already. Explain the nows.

What is happening now?

What is the family plan for now?

How does the family work now while we all have to work around covid?

Asking yourself and answering these questions so your child can bring less stress and control in your home may not feel control over a bigger situation.

Attached are some books and prevention videos that can help with grief and loss, what’s going on with COVID, and helping children understand their bodies and how to take care of them. We can also help them understand what they see in the news and or why someone died in their family. We also put some activities books to help you with family and children/teens.

Magic School Bus

ASL Answering questions for COVID

Children Song, prevention Video

Grief and Loss Books

How does a family work?

References:

Emergency Awards: RADx-rad Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kIds). 2020.

PR Newswire-HPRW (English) – Health PRNHispanic@cision.com via prnewswire.com (December 28, 2020) NIH funds eight studies to uncover risk factors for COVID-19-related inflammatory syndrome in children. retrieved December 28, 2020 PR

Center for Disease Control (CDC), (Dec. 18, 2020) COVID-19 in Children and Teens: Information for parents and caregivers about COVID-19 in children and teens. Retrieved: December 25, 2020

Barns and Nobel Books, December 2020: https://www.barnesandnoble.com

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