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How can you care for your child during COVID 19?

As a parent or caregiver, you want to do everything you can to protect your child. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought with its new challenges for families across the world. Here are some of the best ways to keep your family safe.

  1. It is a stressful time – take care of self and support the children
  2. Always answer their questions truthfully. Think about how old your child is and how much they can understand.
  3. COVID-19 has changed the daily schedule of everyone, yours as well as of your child. Make a new schedule.
  4. Even if your children have not heard about Coronavirus, tell them about it – silence does not help
  5. Allow your child to talk freely. Ask them open questions and find out how much they already know.
  6. Your child may be scared or confused. Give them space to share how they are feeling and let them know you are there for them.
  7. Set aside quality time to spend with your child.
  8. Model for a child’s behavior, make hand washing with soap and hygienic practices fun
  9. Try and catch bad behavior early
  10. Do not show anger – pause and think and then act/respond
  11. It is fine to say “We don’t know, but we are working on it; or we don’t know, but we think.
  12. Use this as an opportunity to learn something new with your child!
  13. Explain that COVID-19 has nothing to do with the way someone looks, where they are from, or what language they speak.
  14. Children need adults’ love and attention during difficult times. Give them extra time and attention.
  15. If you suspect you have contracted the virus or developed the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 CALL “323”
  16. There are a lot of stories going around. Some may not be true. Use trustworthy sites like the Ministry of Health , UNICEF and the World Health Organization to get factual information.
  17. You can also call the Ministry of Health and Child Care Hotline Number (+263714 734 593 or +263774 112 531) for all COVID-19 related questions.
  18. If your child experiences any forms of violence, abuse, and exploitation, whether by other family members, caregivers, strangers or neighbor, CALL Childline on 116 or Msasa on 08080074 or seek assistance from a local Police Station Victim Friendly Unit or Village Health Worker
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