The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world like a catastrophe and every generation is vulnerable to it.
In this article, we will talk about ways to take care of your toddler during this COVID-19 pandemic. Parenting with COVID-19 can be a challenging task in these times, but your children need a sense of security that they are safe.
How to identify stress in toddlers?
Toddlers can’t express themselves clearly, so parents need to look for behaviors that can be an indication of stress. Some of the common behaviors are increased crying, sleeping issues, increased urination or wetting the bed, separation anxiety, bad dreams, increased anger or tantrums and being clingy.
Taking care of Children during COVID-19
• Verbal Assurance
Your kids can’t express themselves but you surely can. Reassure your child that they are safe through physical closeness and practicing comforting movements like rocking or swaying.
• Keep your surroundings quiet
Too much noise can irritate your child and increase their anxiety levels. So, try to keep your home quieter.
• Stay Calm
Don’t lose your calm when you are encountering any problematic behavior. They are just experiencing stress; they are not being a bad kid.
• Maintain regular routines.
Creating a regular routine can help with the boredom and anxiety issues. Don’t forget to maintain good eating and sleeping habits.
• Go Out (if it is allowed)
Get fresh air and encourage physical movements
• Say No to Television
Limit your kid’s exposure to television and screen time, and avoid loud sounds.
• Indoor games
Play face-to-face positive and fun games like peek-a-boo and patty cake
• Practice Reading
Practice quiet time reading with pictures and playing with toys
• Family time
Enjoy family time by singing or dancing and listening to music together.
What to do if you have a confirmed case or symptoms of COVID-19?
• Always wear a double mask whenever you come near your child and rinse your hands thoroughly with soap.
• Disinfect the surfaces you touch regularly and if your symptoms worsen, seek medical advice immediately.
Parenting with COVID-19 can be hard, but staying calm and following a routine can really help. Furthermore, during these difficult times, proper nutrition is also vital to keep your child’s immune system strong and fight against this deadly virus. So make sure your toddler is well-fed with home-cooked food with a variety of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. In case you need a professional help, you can contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Senior Consultant Nutritionist and Dietitian holding more than 17 years of experience in child nutrition. She is one of the best dietitians in Delhi if you are looking for nutritional advice for children.
Also read: Dietary Needs of Adults during the COVID-19 Outbreak