By now, your kids have probably heard of COVID-19. Or at the very least heard the term “coronavirus” and know that things are looking a bit different these days. But, they still seem to revert back to those old habits of touching their face, nose, mouth, and more. As parents, this can be frustrating. So, how do you keep your kids engaged in personal hygiene and keeping virus free? These tips may help!
Talk about it
Explain what the virus is and let your child know that you are available to answer any questions they may have about it. Be calm and reassuring. Try to share information that is appropriate based on the child’s age and maturity level.
Depending on your child’s age, you may need to simplify how you explain it. For instance, you might say that COVID-19 is like a very strong cold making people sick. It spreads to others through the air when a person who is sick coughs, sneezes or even speaks too close to another person. It can also spread on surfaces or hands. This is why we wear a mask and keep our hands to ourselves.
Resources from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared some general principles for parents, school staff, and others who frequently interact with children.
Videos on YouTube
Your child is likely already a fan of YouTube with the YouTube Kids app and tere are a lot of videos about hand washing.
This video from WHO shows kids exactly how to wash their hands.
Children’s National Hospital put out this fun video called Handwashing Heros
Another great watch rom Cinncinnati Children;s on How Germs Spread
These are just a few of the many great videos out there to help teach kids about germs and why hygiene is so important!
ABC Scrub with Me
Does your child love online games! This option may be up their ally. PBS Kids created a game to help children visualize germs while practicing their alphabet skills.
With children, the conversion about hygiene never ends. We hope these tips and resources will help you continue the discussion. The team at Rochester Medical Group are happy to help discuss handwashing, mask wearing, and other healthy hygiene habits at your child’s next visit!