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Staying Healthy

To prevent the spread of the virus, there are some basic precautions we can take.
They include:

Washing Hands: Take this opportunity to demonstrate good hand washing. Sing ashort song like “Mary had a little lamb” or “Happy Birthday” to make sure your little one washes for a full 20 seconds. You can also invite your child to see howmany bubbles they can make while washing.

Avoid Touching the Face: This is difficult for everyone to avoid. Even adults
struggle with this. However, it’s still worthwhile asking your child to avoid touching
their face. You can challenge each other to see who can go for the longest without
touching their face.

Coughing and Sneezing into Elbow: Demonstrate to your child how to cough and
sneeze into their elbow. Using the elbow stops droplets from flying all over the
place. It’s best to use the elbow and not the hands because if you cover your
mouth or nose with your hands, you’ll quickly spread germs when you touch
another surface. Remind your child about this until it becomes a habit.


Social Distancing: Health experts have made it clear that the best way to confront
this virus is by slowing it’s spread. If we can avoid spikes in cases, we can make
sure that everyone who needs medical attention can get it. So, avoid playdates and
visits with family members. Instead, your child can enjoy video calls with family
and friends.

Cleaning: Wiping down surfaces like countertops and doorknobs is another
important preventative measure. Children can help, too! You can make a solution
of dish soap and water in a spray bottle for your child to use with a dishcloth.
Then, you can go over the area again with other CDC recommended cleaning
solutions if necessary. Government health authorities such as the “HSE also have
helpful recommendations for stopping the spread of germs.

Healthy Habits: Your immune system performs best when you eat well, exercise,
and get enough rest. Offer your preschooler healthy meals and snacks as much as
possible. Try to make sure your child has the chance to run around and exercise
every day. Also, maintain a regular bedtime and routine so that your child gets the
rest they need.

Please note that the above is not intended as medical advice. Make sure you
follow the recommendations of your health care providers, government, and local
officials.