As a soon to be mama myself, I have concerns and wanted to address some of the considerations in this article.
Can infants, children, and pregnant women get COVID-19?
Yes, they can. Though it seems that children are at lower risk of infection, infants appear to have more serious infections. Most kids end up with what seems to be a bad cold, but appear to easily spread it to others. Pregnant women are considered an ‘at risk’ population. Data is very limited since we only know what has happened since December.
What to do right now if you are pregnant
Pregnant women are considered an ‘At Risk’ Population for COVID-19, this is mostly because not enough is known about the virus in pregnancy. Pregnant women tend to have more serious illnesses when infected with other viruses. So it’s important to take extra precautions during an uncertain time like this.
So, what should you be doing?
1. Practice social distancing – Stay Home
Avoid groups- gyms, workout classes, brunches, playdates, etc.
2. Discuss concerns with your OB/Gyn – Create a schedule for visits and for urgent matters
3. Keep away from those who are sick
4. Wash your hands often
5. Disinfect surroundings (using gloves when using Clorox/Lysol/Bleach)
6. Create a Plan and Prepare in case of Quarantine – supplies needed for you and for baby.
7. The CDC has guidance for those who contract COVID-19 and are breastfeeding or around infants here. These recommendations are likely to change as we learn more so monitor for updates.
Some supplies for ‘mamas to be’ to have on hand during this time:
Please feel free to comment to add! Please do not hoard, stock up enough for a 30 day supply only.
- Tylenol for mama, infant Tylenol
- Cough/Cold medications for mama (some affect lactation)
- Baby Wipes
- Bottle sanitizer
- Breast Pump
- Changing pad
- Formula just in case
- Burp cloths
- Diaper cream
- Nose Frida
- Nail clipper
- Saline spray
- Nursing bras
- Laundry detergent
How to Keep Children Safe:
Around the country, schools are being canceled to help curb the spread of this virus. So far it seems that most kids who have been infected have mild symptoms, though a small percentage has gotten very sick. They also seem to be good at spreading the virus to others, so important to take their illnesses seriously and separate them from others, particularly those at the highest risk, like the elderly, those with chronic diseases and those who are immunocompromised.
1. Keep children at home, outdoors is great but avoid play dates
2. Teach them proper hand and respiratory hygiene
3. Keep a routine, occupy time with activities when possible
4. Ensure they are eating nutritious meals and staying well hydrated
5. Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
6. Keep anyone sick away from children and keep sick children away from others
7. Talk to children about COVID-19 openly and honestly, allow them to ask questions and offer reassurance
8. Limit their media exposure as this can lead to stress
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