We are in the middle of the second wave and we are heading towards the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic soon. So here are some of the essential tips to protect your kids during Wave 3 and keep the coronavirus at bay. Now, with the country reeling from the second wave of the coronavirus, experts have warned people about the third wave. You will be shocked to know that the third wave of Covid can negatively impact your child’s health. Yes, you heard right ! A large number of pediatric patients are affected during the second wave and this trend could also continue during the third wave. Additionally, the numbers have risen as children are still not listed for vaccination and will not have the much-needed protection against Covid. Until now, children were only seen as spreaders. But, during the second wave, even they contracted the Covid.

Here are some foolproof tips for parents to help their children protect themselves during the pandemic:

– Ask your child to strictly maintain distance from people, if any, you allow visitors to the house. Also, it would be a good idea to limit visitors to the house if you have children at home. Even at home, be sure to maintain a safe distance from your children if you have to venture out of the house for work reasons or even to purchase essentials. Tell your children to stay away from people who cough, sneeze, or have a fever.

– Encourage your children to wear masks even when they are at home.

– Educate your children about COVID-19 and the importance of washing and sanitizing their hands from time to time. Have your children wash their hands at regular intervals.

– Do not let your children go outside to play. You never know when the virus will enter your home with them. So no outdoor activities. You can motivate your kids to play indoor games like carom, chess, puzzles, painting, listen to music, dance and even watch educational documentaries with them. It will help your kids stay distracted from the coronavirus.

– As parents, you should try to disinfect surfaces frequently touched by children. Make sure to clean furniture, doorknobs, handles, counters, faucets, keys, wallets, remotes, and other household items with a good liquid cleaner.

– If you notice symptoms such as colds, coughs and fever in your children, isolate them immediately and consult your doctor. Make sure your child receives treatment in a timely manner.

– Avoid giving negative information to your children as they may be afraid. Help your children see information from reliable and credible sources, otherwise they may panic.

– Help your children stick to a well balanced diet that does not consist of junk, fatty and processed foods. Tell your children to drink enough water and to avoid carbonated drinks. Do not give them kadha or herbal concoctions without the expert’s knowledge.

The author is a consultant neonatologist and pediatrician, Motherhood Hospital Kharadi, Pune