Now that it’s September, it means back to school for many children in England and Wales, with children in Scotland having already gone back.
This could be a worrying time for many parents and guardians who want to make sure their children are protected from the spread of COVID-19.
That’s why we’ve put together our advice on when and how kids should wear face coverings.
Remember to Pack PPE:
Recent government advice for Scotland states that children in secondary school will have to wear face coverings when they’re in corridors, communal areas and school buses from Monday 31st August (1).
This follows on from new advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) which says children over the age of 12 should wear masks in the same situations where adults would, for example in places where they can’t guarantee social distancing (2).
For children in England, the government is advising that schools will have discretion on whether to require face coverings, unless they are in area where the transmission of the virus is high, such as areas of the country that have been identified as high risk areas or are in a lockdown situation. Like Scotland, the guidance will state that face coverings should be worn when moving around the school such as in corridors and communal areas(3).
We have a range of face coverings available to order on LloydsPharmacy.com that are suitable for children, or for teens and adults.
It’s also important that you teach your kids how to use a face mask correctly. The current advice from the WHO (4) is:
- Before you put on a mask, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- Cover your mouth and nose with the mask, and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
- Avoid touching the mask while using it, if you do wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- Replace your mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and don’t re-use single-use masks
- To take your mask off, remove it from behind your head (don’t touch the front of the mask.. If it is a disposable mask, discard it immediately in a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water
Remind them of the best hand washing techniques:
Most of us will know that we should be washing our hands as it’s the easiest way to protect ourselves, and others, from illnesses. It helps to remove dirt, viruses and bacteria, and it can stop these being spread to other people, objects and surfaces. But, to be most effective you need to be washing your hands correctly.
Make sure your children know to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and ensuring they wash their whole hand. Here’s our handy guide.
Help them keep their immune system healthy:
Our immune system helps keep us healthy and protect us from diseases. Now, more than ever, you might be wanting to keep your child’s immune system as healthy as possible. Here are some top tips to help:
- Make sure they get enough sleep: over the summer holidays, your children might have fallen out of their usual sleep routine. But getting enough sleep is important to keep our immune systems healthy. Try to get them back into a routine that gives them time to get enough sleep.
- Encourage them to eat healthy: fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet which can help you and your kids stay well. Try to incorporate some extra fruit and veg into your day where you can, for example adding fruit to your breakfast and some more veg at dinner time.
- Keep them active: your kids will spend most of their time at school sat at a desk, so make sure they get active when they can. Why not go for a family walk in the evening or go for a cycle together at the weekend