“The world may be battling a COVID-19 outbreak but as a mother, I have a child to raise.”
A healthy lifestyle may be in the mind of adults now more than ever, but as parents, this has been our focus for the past few years. I have always striven to give my kids nutritious food packed with fruits, vegetables and nuts every day including natural immunity boosters, too.
At the time of lockdown, I have taken care of basic hygiene even more. I am sure this is what many other parents of little children are doing, but there is one thing that has escaped our focus.
And these are vaccines. To be more specific, the booster doses of vaccines!
Vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat to our infants and toddlers. With so much focus on Covid-19, we had completely overlooked our vaccination date until we got a call from our pediatrician’s office to remind us. Even then, we were skeptical about how we are going to take our toddler into the hospital premises and still keep him safe. We kept postponing our visit when we got the alarming news of a chickenpox outbreak in an adjacent apartment. Summer is a common time for these and in any other circumstance, our toddler would have been protected against this. This was the much needed wake-up call for us as we realized that there is a world of infections beyond this Covid-19 too. It is imminent that our children follow their vaccination protocols to prevent such vulnerable infections from harming their health.
While parents take their children for mandatory vaccines, the booster doses are sometimes not taken as seriously. Why? Is this because we feel our darlings are at home and safe from infectious diseases? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
It is important to have children vaccinated to protect them from serious diseases. It means that when your children can return to interacting with other children, they’ll have protection from some other diseases too. It is also important for children to have booster doses because their immunity decreases over time.
I have a 1-year-old. How can I protect my baby from COVID-19?
Preschool and adolescence are two crucial stages in a child’s life when a booster vaccination is a must!
What are some of the steps to take if you are taking your children out for primary vaccination or booster doses?
- Always book a prior appointment so the doctor is informed of your visit and that time will be blocked for you. Plus, there will be minimum crowd contact.
- When you step out ensure that you have masked yourself and train your child to wear a mask too. This training essentially should be done two days before the visit.
- Avoid touching unnecessary surfaces in the clinics (including doorknobs, table surfaces, etc.)
- Ask the clinic for an online money transfer, if possible, for the vaccines and the clinic fee.
- Sanitize your hands before leaving the house and use a hand sanitizer while you are in the clinic.
- Educate your child not to touch their mouth, eyes, and nose.
- Ensure that all hospital staffs are masked and gloved, and the doctor is wearing a PPD kit. Ask about sterilization protocols before your visit.
- Carry as little as possible. If you can leave your phones at home that’s the best decision and once you return, leave the bag you carried in a balcony and do not touch it for 4-5 days.
- As soon as you return, go straight for a bath. Soak the clothes in soap water immediately.
Vaccination is the best gift we can give our children right now. The key is not to panic but to rise above this pandemic as a community.
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