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Health Information For Parents
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed daily life. But with many states lifting stay-at-home orders and businesses opening up, parents and caregivers are starting to go back to work. Now, many wonder if it’s safe to send kids to childcare or summer camp, especially while many schools remain closed.
This decision is a personal one. When thinking about childcare options, you’ll have to weigh the need for work with the health and safety of your family. Only you will know when the time is right — and what situation is best for your child.
Here are some steps to take and questions to ask before making a choice about childcare.
First, you’ll want to know if the number of coronavirus cases in your area is increasing, decreasing, or staying the same. Maybe you live in an area that hasn’t been hit hard by the pandemic.
Call your local health department for this information, or visit their website. You also can check your local newspaper. Many news outlets regularly report this information by area or zip code.
Some people are more likely to get very ill from coronavirus. This includes adults over 65 years old and people of any age who have other health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or immune system problems. Babies younger than 12 months old might get sicker from coronavirus than older kids.
If your child is under 1 year old, has a health condition, or lives with someone who has a health condition, you’ll want to weigh the risk of your child’s exposure to germs in the community. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about this.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against large group gatherings. Many states and cities have their own limits on group gatherings. Find out the guidelines in your area and ask about group sizes as you check out camp and childcare options.
Whether you’re thinking about sending your child back to your regular care provider or finding a new one, put safety first and weigh the pros and cons. Before you make a decision, ask about:
Ask about the steps they’ll take to stop the spread of germs while kids are there. How will they identify any sick people and report possible exposures? Find out about:
Having this information will help you make the best decision for your child and family.
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There are many camp choices for kids with special needs. From highly specialized camps to regular camps that accommodate kids with special needs, options abound.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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