The unprecedented Covid 19 crisis has distressed everyone’s life from elders to adults to teenagers to even small children. Almost every child is adapting to the new “normal” of maintaining distance and going through changes in terms of their daily routine, playtime, birthday parties, outing, staying inside the house, online classes, and all other casual stuff. This has made a massive impact on their psychological and socioemotional wellbeing, which is the most essential thing after physical health. The elongated exposure to the difficult situation has the potential to adversely affect a child’s brain growth and development in numerous ways far greater than missing their playtime or skipping school for a few months.
The Coronavirus outbreak has turned our lives upside and down over the last few months. The parents have to put and extra effort to take care of their child’s physical and emotional requirements during this pandemic as anxiety, insecurity, fear, and being locked up at home to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus can make the situation tough at home. Due to the pandemic, the children don’t have any fixed timetable or schedule and parents are with them all the time. These things can also result in sadness, nervousness, and in a few cases phobia and paranoia – fear of touching things so that they don’t get the virus.
Here are a few tips parents can do to help their kids survive the unparalleled circumstance:
- Sticking to a routine is very essential, a structured day will maintain balance, discipline, and consistency.
- Engage your child in an activity such as cooking, playing indoor games, online music class, etc. depending upon their age.
- Let them connect with their friends, cousins and grandparent’s over zoom, Facebook, or any other social media application. Making use of technology during this crisis is the best way to communicate with peers.
- Put a restriction on your child’s screen time, as an excess can have a negative effect on their sleep cycle, memory, reasoning, and social skills.
- Teach them the importance of personal hygiene.
- Talk to your child about the pandemic and educate them.
- Learn when not to respond, constant poking will make your child irritable. If your child is not involved in anything dangerous, certain things can be ignored.
- Exercise should be an important part of their daily routine along with eating healthy.
- Don’t spank or hit them, which can make them more aggressive. Basically, avoid any physical punishment as this can make them more insecure at home
When to See a Doctor
You need to visit your pediatrician in case of emotional or developmental or behavioral health and taking care of your family’s stress. It is advisable to get your child examined where a medical checkup is necessary or in case of immunization. Consult our team of experts at the Bansal Global Hospital. Fix your appointment today and contact us at +919911062832.