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Dr. Joy’s Myths Busters: Help the Children Understand 

 July 27, 2020

By  Dr. Joy Lasseter

Child psychologists are suggesting that children might be afraid to tell parents they are sick because they think they did something wrong and don’t want to get into trouble. Children are getting information about the virus and its symptoms from the TV, Social Media and friends. 

They could be confused or scared. They don’t know how to talk about their symptoms.

Talk with them about the virus, the symptoms, what to do if they don’t feel well. (Tell the parents or caregivers immediately!) Explain what it is and answer their questions. Make it easy to talk to you about it. Explain the precautions. Show them how to wash their hands and put on a mask (by ear loops). Set a good example. Wear your masks when you go out.

We are weary of the pandemic. We have become complacent. It would help if we all were more compliant about wearing our mask. Even though the sign on the store door says “Face covering required” I still see people pulling the mask down below their nose or below their chin, exposing the nose and mouth! Please wear it properly so we can all work together to eradicate the virus and get the economy open and people back to work! It takes a community focused on the same goals to reopen all the businesses, reboot our economy and restore jobs.

Tip: Use 2 cloth masks. Wash by hand and let dry. Keep your masks clean and don’t touch your face or the mask. Put it on and take it off by the ear loops. Put the used mask in a ziplock bag until you can wash it. Your clean mask is in another ziplock bag in your purse or pocket. That is your spare. Don’t reuse a cloth mask until it’s been hand washed and dried. 

As scientists, researchers and staff continue to track and discover changing Covid 19 patterns they have discovered that some children’s symptoms vary from typical symptoms. They don’t have a fever or cough. Then later a few are admitted to the hospital with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, which is associated with Covid 19. These symptoms can include skin rashes, red blotches, peeling skin, red feet and toes, bloodshot eyes, gastrointestinal symptoms, stomach aches, vomiting, and breathing problems. Currently this is rare. I just want you to know what to watch for. So when bathing your child, check their skin for any of these issues. Ask them about their tummy. Are there any painful areas? Notice their breathing. Is it labored? If any of these symptoms show up, get them to the doctor or hospital.

I see exhausted mothers with a brood of children without masks. The children are unsupervised and walk down the aisles touching EVERYTHING on every aisle. We are not wearing the mask for ourself alone. We are wearing it to PROTECT OTHERS too. Please teach the children proper behavior in a store. My Mother always said, “Walk don’t run. Stay close by. Don’t wander off. Don’t touch anything!” Her advice is good advice today too!

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