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How Parents Can Keep Their Children’s Health in Check as They Transition to In-Person Classes

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Schools in El Paso have transitioned back to in-person learning for the fall semester and, although COVID-19 cases have been breaking out amongst the younger population, schools will continue to monitor COVID-19 as they conduct in-person classes. In El Paso alone, COVID-19 cases have risen 68% from July to August, coinciding with students going back to school. Parents are advised to take extra precautions considering the COVID-19 Delta variant is said to be more contagious. We understand how scary it can be for you, as parents, to have to send your children back to school. There are many ways you can help your child have a safe, healthy, and happy transition to in-person learning. Taking up these few simple tips can help both your and your child’s health. 

Recognize Signs or Symptoms 

Besides COVID-19, you must also worry about colds and the flu. These two typically spread fast amongst younger children, therefore, it can be hard to differentiate the symptoms between a cold, the flu, and COVID-19. If your child has been experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion, or a sore throat, it is important that you get them tested right away and let their teacher know regarding their absence. Your child may also be suffering from allergies if they have been experiencing a runny nose, watery eyes, or sneezing. It is always best to be safe and get your child tested. 

Talk to Your Child About the Importance of Following Rules

If you drop your child off at school and have them start their day by wearing a mask, you have to emphasize the importance of wearing it as long as they are around other children and people. To help improve how well your child can follow rules, you can talk to them each day and remind them of the reason why they need to have their mask on. You can also tell them that it helps to protect their classmates and teachers. You can also reach out to their teachers to make sure they are following protocol. 

Provide them With Hand Sanitizer at All Times 

Schools will often provide hand sanitizer, but to take extra measures, you can give your child some hand sanitizer they can carry in their backpack, just in case. If you want to make sure that your child can bring their own hand sanitizer, you should get in contact with the school administration right away. If your child has demonstrated that they can use hand sanitizer independently, this can help them eliminate germs or from bringing germs into your home. 

Practice Social Distancing at Home 

Evidence suggests that students can even be three feet apart, with a mask on, without being at risk of contracting anything, should your child come into contact with someone who is sick. Just like emphasizing the use of a mask, you can talk to your child and maintaining a safe distance when interacting with classmates. It is still recommended that, outside of the classroom, the six feet apart rule is to be followed. You can ask your child to show you what social distancing looks like that way you can help them understand what they need to do to distance when they are at school. 

Take Daily Vitamins and Drink Plenty of Fluids

Besides masks and social distancing, one of the best things you can do is provide care for your child at home. It is recommended that you provide them with vitamins on a daily basis. You can give your child these vitamins at the start of their day when they’re eating breakfast. You should also make sure that your child has plenty of fluids to drink, whether at home or at school because if they come down with anything, they’ll be able to fight it off faster as long as they are hydrated. 

Stay in Touch With the School Nurse 

If your child has to take special medication, you’ll want to connect with the school’s nurse. It may be harder for your child to do certain things because they are limited to interacting with their peers, but speaking with their school’s nurse, you can ensure your child is safe, healthy, and has the guidance of an adult when taking their medication. Staying connected to the school nurse can help you stay on top of your child’s health when they are at school. 

Get Medical Attention and Care from the Country Club Urgent Care Center 

If you’re experiencing any symptoms or have been feeling sick, it is important that you get medical attention right away. Contact Country Club Urgent Care Center today to get checked. 

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