Childcare during the time of Coronavirus Pandemic

May 27, 2020

Childcare during the time of Coronavirus Pandemic
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Childcare during the time of Coronavirus pandemic

Summer means summer vacation, which is generally a time for summer camps, outings, movies and loads of fun. Summer 2020 is different. Lockdown, fear of COVID19 in the air, all camps and recreational options cancelled and children cooped up inside. This is truly a worrying time for all, but you can still keep your kids engaged in productive family activities to keep them healthy.

Tips to keep children healthy this summer

  • Avoid too much activity in the terraces

When outdoor activity is limited, children play in the terraces, which can be very hot. Limit their time on the terrace.

  • Give them fluids and water regularly

Children tend to forget hunger and thirst when playing. Keep an eye out and ensure they stay hydrated.

  • Neighbourhood friends should also be kept at a safe distance.

Supervise children’s activity. Avoid contact sports. Ensure that they wear masks at all times.

  • Play indoor games with your children

Spend quality playtime with your children. Utilise this time to build lasting bonds

Keeping students exam ready during lockdown

The year 2020 has changed our life, more so for our children. Students typically would have finished their school year and would be waiting for results or preparing for entrance exams. This year however, they are still worrying over when their board exams would be held.

Here are a few tips to keep them calm and exam ready.

  • If your child has online revisions, ensure he/she has a dedicated space for it
  • If not, make a schedule for revising subjects
  • Ensure that study is limited to a particular time every day
  • Allow the children to relax throughout the day through activities they enjoy
  • Ensure they take regular healthy meals and stay hydrated
  • Encourage them to take up meditation and yoga to stay calm
  • Limit television and gadget time
  • Avoid too many news programmes and fear inducing talk shows
  • Stick to government guidelines during lockdown to avoid infection
  • Inculcate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette at home so he/she is prepared when going for exams
  • Keep a cheerful and positive atmosphere at home to keep your child in a good frame of mind
  • Proper ‘Sleep-Wake Cycle’ is essential for developing brain. Make sure they go to bed on time.

There is an opportunity in every calamity. Let’s work together to identify it and make the most of the times by building strong families.

Disclaimer: We recommend consulting a Doctor before taking any action based on the above shared information.



Dr. Naresh Shanmugam

Dr. Naresh Shanmugam

MBBS, DCH, DNB(Paed), FRCPCH, Dip. In Nutri Medicine (UK),CCT (UK),CSST (UK)

Director- Women and Child Health & Senior Consultant- Paediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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