Self-isolation for children
WHO announced that children under 18 years of age account to around 8.5% of the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. For parents, it’s a worrying figure as the virus continues to mutate and affect more people. We at Teman Sehat have summarized a few important self-isolation guidelines for children that parents or guardians can check in case the virus affects the young members of the family.
First, parents/guardians should not panic and remain calm while explaining the reasons why self-isolation is needed when a child tests positive for Covid-19. Parents who tested negative for Covid-19 are still allowed to take care of their children, but extra precautions should be observed-wear PPE and limit physical contact.
Medicine and medical tools
Some types of medicines and mandatory medical equipment that need to be prepared for self-isolation of children are:
- Thermometer to measure the child’s body temperature
- Oxymeter to measure oxygen saturation
- Masks, gloves and aprons/aprons for caregivers
- Paracetamol to reduce fever
- Phone number of hospital ER or telemedicine
Do routine monitoring of the child’s temperature and oxygen saturation. If children seem to be getting worse (either getting feverish, tired, and don’t want to eat) immediately consult a family doctor via mobile or telemedicine.
If the parents are not available to care for the child, choose a caregiver who have no history of comorbidity to help supervise the children in daily activities .
Room with air ventilation
Use a room that has good air ventilation as a place of isolation. Also, if there is a balcony or terrace at home, use it as an activity area, to change the atmosphere and for the child not get bored quickly. Provide interesting activities to do during self-isolation. For children aged 2-3 years and over, usually, they can play independently, just keep an eye on them.
Wear a mask and keep your distance
Wearing masks is highly recommended, both for children and caregivers. Don’t forget to always use hand sanitizers or wash hands before or after interacting with the sick child. If the child is in the room alone, give him/her a mask break so they don’t get bored.
Keep your distance as much as possible, including during sleep, especially if the caregiver is negative for Covid-19. If a parent or caregiver has to take care of another child, take a shower and change clothes first
Put used masks and gloves in a special plastic container and dispose them in a separate trash can. Wash the child’s clothes and caregiver’s outerwear separately with warm water and detergent. Do not eat the sick child’s leftover food. Make sure that caregivers also take care of their health and take supplements.
Do regular routine tests
Don’t forget to take regular COVID-19 screening tests to find out the health conditions of parents, caregivers, and the rest of the family. With regular tests, you can make informed decisions more quickly and isolate immediately if someone else tests positive for the virus.
To do a test, you can use Teman Sehat as a service that can help facilitate an individual or group test for your family. Find out more here.