Keep Children Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If your child is under 6 years of age, supervise them when they use hand sanitizer.
Wear a mask
- Make sure everyone in your household (2 years of age and older) wears a mask in public.
Avoid close contact
- Make sure your child and everyone else in your household keep at least 6 feet away from other people who don't live with them and people who are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Bring your child for their healthcare visits and vaccination visits
- Routine well child visits and vaccine visits are essential, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Help your child stay active
- Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself and making physical activity a part of your family's daily routine.
Help your child stay socially connected
- Reach out to friends and family via phone or video chats.
- Write cards or letters to family members who they may not be able to visit.
Help your child cope with stress
- The COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful for both adults and children. Learn more about signs of stress in children, ways to support your child, and how to take care of your own mental health.
- The CDC has also developed several tools to help you care for your child's mental health and well-being. The COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit offers tools to help you understand your child's social, emotional, and mental health challenges according to their age group and promote their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers page provides guidance on how to address common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining, and information on things you can do to build a positive, healthy relationship with your young children.
Ask about School meal services
- Check with your child's school on plans to continue meal services if school is closed to in-person learning for some or all students. Many schools may continue to provide meals in different ways, such as allowing families to pick up meals at the school or providing grab-and-go meals at other locations.