COVID-19 Precautions: Pregnant Women, Elderly & Infants

With COVID-19 spiking every day, the whole situation has been quite scary. This has resulted in a lack of medical supplies & any scope to enjoy some fresh air outside. Above all, the pandemic has given jittery nights to every single person.

While coronavirus can affect anyone, but a part of the population — pregnant women, infants & elderly are at a high risk of getting affected. They are way too vulnerable than others and need to take extra precautions until the vaccine is developed or the situation betters.

This article talks about how you can keep yourself safe from coronavirus if you fall under any of these three categories or you have at your home someone falling under the category — infant, pregnant woman, and elderly.

Let’s start this by talking about how you can keep your child/children safe during COVID-19:

If you are concerned about your baby getting infected with coronavirus, it’s not at all surprising! Children & infants are still developing their immune system & it’s in the building phase. A developing immune system, which is obviously weak, makes them vulnerable to coronavirus way more than others.

While in most cases, children getting infected, it has been found that symptoms are mild, but again that cannot be firmly established as there are no definite results of the research (which is still ongoing). When there is no vaccine available as yet, the only way to keep your baby safe is to take precautions as much as is possible.

Let’s find out what precautions you must take to prevent your baby from falling ill.

  • Don’t allow your baby to go out in any case. Keep them engaged at home.

  • Make sure that no guest is coming to your home including any family members or friends.

  • When (for some obvious reasons) you are with people, always maintain a distance of at least 6 feet (1.83 m).

  • Make sure you are regularly & thoroughly disinfecting your home. Consider every portion of the house, don’t leave anything.

  • Train your children to be very specific about cleaning & disinfecting their hands particularly after using the bathroom, coughing, or sneezing.

  • It is important to note down that every single medicine being administered on your child is up-to-date.

  • Be smart while you explain the significance of hygiene rules to your children. Know that they will have a better understanding only when things are clarified to them in language children understand. Do make them aware of the prevailing coronavirus situation.

  • Prepare a proper diet plan for your child so that he does not miss out on any necessary nutrients. Also, include plenty of foods that fulfill the fluid requirement for the body.

  • Until the coronavirus mayhem is there, always wear a mask, keep disinfecting — whenever you are handling your child.

  • In case you are a breastfeeding mother, you have to take extra care to protect your child. Wear a mask, keep the baby away from any social gatherings, and disinfect everything you use while handling the baby.

  • If you see any signs of coronavirus in your baby; immediately consult your doctor without delay.

How to keep your elderly parents safe from coronavirus infections?

As children and infants, elderly people are vulnerable. They can get trapped in this whirling situation easily. Most people who are 60 and above are way too vulnerable to catching COVID-19. If you have someone around under this slab, you must be worried. While we cannot run away from the facts, yet there are measures & precautions you can take to handle the situation. Let’s see what all you can do to keep them safe & healthy.

  • Make sure that everyone at home is using their personal stuff and are not sharing anything via which the virus can get transmitted easily. Keep the elderly away from children as they easily catch coughs & colds.

  • While it is important to maintain social distancing — in the case of the elderly, you must ensure that they are not completely isolated from chatting & socializing. It can be frustrating and fatal to their mental health. Rather, keep them connected to their friends and family in a safe & healthy way.

  • Make sure that their body is adequately hydrated. Keep an eye on what they are eating every day and whether it contains the nutrients required.

  • Plan out a schedule for whoever is taking care of the elderly of the house. This will help you tackle the whole situation quite satisfactorily.

  • Keep yourself always ready at home with the medications that they might need at times.

  • Make sure you are washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, disinfecting your home, and avoiding any kind of social gathering.

  • For those who are involved in taking care of the elderly must use masks, properly & regularly sanitize, wash their hands & keep the surrounding disinfected.

How to keep yourself safe if you are expecting a child?

If you are pregnant or have someone pregnant around, you must be worried as to what’s the best way to deal with the current situation of COVID-19. This is unquestionably obvious! Delivering or carrying a baby at the time of such a pandemic can be terrifying. Throughout the nine months journey and after delivering the baby, the expecting mother is all concerned about getting infected and passing it over to the baby.

As of now, we have no information on how coronavirus can affect an expecting mother. Whether the virus can transfer from mother to baby, whether the virus can cause miscarriage, or whether the virus can transfer to the child in the womb. In that case, we have to make sure that we must take care of the expectant mother.

Another important consideration is the immune system of a woman is affected when she is expecting, which needs to be taken care of. Here’s what you should do to keep her safe & healthy:

  • Routine checkups should not be compromised. If you are not feeling safe going out, book your appointments online or go for a telephonic checkup.

  • You must follow government recommendations like washing hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, avoiding social gatherings, disinfecting your homes & more.

  • Do not invite any guest to your house in any case. Communicate only through digital means.

  • Get the tests done as planned, do not make change or delay in procuring any kind of medical requirements.

  • Contact your doctor immediately, if you see any signs of COVID-19 without any delay. Follow their guidelines strictly.

  • Be ready to adapt to the changes. There may be a shortage of domestic help & the nurses who may have been supporting you through.

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