Tips for Parents on Coping with Pandemic
Plan for an extended stay at home during a pandemic:
· Ask your employer about how the business will continue during a pandemic.
· Ask your employer if you can work from home during a pandemic.
· Plan for a possible reduction or loss of income, if you are unable to work or your place of employment is closed.
· Check with your employer or union about leave policies.
· Plan home learning activities and exercises. Have materials, such as books, on hand.
· Plan recreational activities that your children can do at home.
Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home:
Examples: Non-perishable foods
· Ready to eat canned meats fruits, vegetables, soups
· Protein or fruit bars
· Dry cereal or granola
· Peanut butter and jelly
· Dried fruit, nuts, trail mix
· Canned juices
· Bottled water
· Canned or jarred baby food and baby formula (for infants at home)
· Pet food
Health and emergency supplies
· Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring
· Soap and water or alcohol-based hand wash
· Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen(Motrin)
· Fluids with electrolytes, such as Pedialyte®
· Flashlight with extra batteries
· Portable radio with extra batteries
· Manual can opener
· Garbage bags
· Masks, tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, disposable diapers
If someone in your home develops symptoms:
· Keep other family members and visitors away from the person who is ill.
· Call your healthcare professional ahead of time. This will help your healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested.
· For more information, call your healthcare provider or visit Hidalgo County Health Departments’ website at www.hchd.org or call the Health Emergency Information Line: (956) 318-2426 or 1-888-959- 9911