Updated: Jun 24, 2020
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has taken the entire globe by storm and with alarming details concerning its symptoms, parents are extremely concerned about effective ways to protect their young ones, who are among the individuals vulnerable to this infectious disease.
Although, COVID 19 appears to be less severe in babies and children than older adults suffering from prior health conditions. However, severe cases can also occur in babies, especially those within the first few months of birth.
In addition, there is currently no vaccine, and parents must do their best to prevent their infants from contracting it.
This article contains vital information and practical tips on how you as a parent can protect your baby from the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
How can a Baby get infected?
The primary mode of transmission is when nasal fluid or droplets from an infected person comes in contact with your baby. This usually occurs when an infected person coughs or sneezes nearby, which releases respiratory droplets (containing the virus) into the air and onto your child's face, hands or nearby surfaces.
According to experts, the best way to protect your baby is to avoid exposing them to individuals who are (or might be) infected with the virus.
Basically, as a parent or caregiver, this means keeping your kids away from crowded places and anyone including family members who might be exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
How to protect your baby from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below are some preventive measures to protect your baby from becoming sick with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
1. Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette:
Cough and sneeze etiquette refers to simple measures you take to prevent passing on respiratory diseases like COVID-19 to your baby. This etiquette requires you to
Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue before you cough or sneeze.
If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve (flexed elbows), & not your hands.
Dispose of the tissue in a wastebasket.
Wash your hands properly with soap under running water or wipe them off with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
All of the measures above help to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 from anyone who might be infected.
2. Keep all items clean:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can survive on certain surfaces for up to 72 hours, making it crucial that you clean your baby's toys and other frequently touched surfaces. You need to also clean other areas of your home properly using regular household spray to prevent infection from another external source.
3. Wash your hands:
Wash your hands properly with soap and water (for at least 20seconds) or use an alcohol-based hand rub before feeding, bathing or holding your baby.
4. Be Proactive:
You should seek medical care early if your baby develops a fever, persistent cough or difficulty breathing, especially if you or a family member have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
5. Social distancing:
Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centers, and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
Use telephone or online services to contact your doctor or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable. We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you care for a newborn to avoid the risk of infecting them.