COVID-19 Resources for Parents
We'll get through this - together.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans and LCMC Health, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Louisiana Office of Public Health, continue to closely monitor COVID-19, and its impacts on our community, that was initially detected in Wuhan City, China in December 2019, and has now been detected in many locations internationally, including the United States and New Orleans.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics are the best sources for timely, accurate information. Communities, schools and businesses are important places to prevent spread of infectious diseases, including this new public health threat.
Seek information from trusted sources:
With the over-abundance of information being shared in the media and on social media, it is important for families to continue to seek up to date information about the outbreak only from trusted sources — including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local and state health departments.
Talking to children about the Coronavirus:
As conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, family, and friends becoming ill with COVID-19.
Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. Adults should:
- Remain calm and reassuring
- Be available to talk and listen
- Avoid language that may blame others and lead to stigma
- Be mindful of what children see or here on TV or online
- Provide information that is honest and accurate
- Teach children what they can do to reduce the spread of germs
Click here for more information to help with discussions with children from the CDC.
Additional topics & resources:
- Finding meaning in disruption: Amy Henke, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
- Building resilience in tough times: The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital New Orleans
- 5 simple tips for keeping germs away from a medical momma: Cristina Perez, Children’s Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC)
- Let's talk kids and quarantine: The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital New Orleans