Parents Need To Know! IDAI’s Newest Guidelines on Age-appropriate Child Health Protocols

Suara.com – The trend of decreasing Covid-19 cases is welcomed by all levels of society. However, the pandemic is not over yet. Health protocols still need to be carried out in a disciplined manner, including for children.

Dr. Piprim Basarah Yanuarso, SpA(K), General Chair of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), in a statement received by Suara.com said that the increased mobility of the community will of course also be accompanied by an increase in children’s activities outside the home.

Parents must closely monitor the implementation of Health protocols in children and teach their children to recognize the early signs and symptoms of illness and report to the teacher if themselves or friends have signs of illness.

Illustration of a child wearing a mask.  (Shutterstock)
Illustration of a child wearing a mask. (Shutterstock)

For this reason, IDAI also distributes the latest health protocol guidelines according to the age of the child. Listen!

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For children under 6 years:

  1. Face-to-face schooling has not been recommended until it is declared that there are no new cases of COVID-19 or there is no increase in new cases.
  2. Schools can provide online learning methods and enable parental involvement at home in outdoor activities.
  3. Schools and parents create creative activities for children.

For children aged 6-11 years:

  1. Face-to-face learning can be carried out using a hybrid method (50 percent offline, 50 percent online) in conditions where there is no increase in COVID-19 cases, there is no local transmission of omicron in the area.
  2. Face-to-face learning can be carried out using a hybrid method (50 percent online, 50 percent offline) in conditions where COVID-19 cases are still found but the positivity rate is below 8 percent, local transmission of omicron can still be controlled, recommended outdoor facilities are school yards, parks , sports center, child-friendly integrated public space.

For children aged 12-18 years:

  1. Face-to-face learning can be carried out 100 percent if there is no increase in COVID-19 cases and there is no local transmission of omicron in the area.
  2. Hybrid method learning (50 percent offline, 50 percent online) is carried out if COVID-19 cases are found but the positivity rate is below 8 percent, local transmission of omicron is found, which can still be controlled, children, teachers, and school staff have received COVID-19 vaccinations and 100 percent boosters.

In addition, the disciplined behavior of carrying out health protocols must be exemplified by teaching staff and school officials to their students.

Whatever variant is circulating, the health protocols carried out are the same, which is important to be carried out in a disciplined and simultaneous manner, such as the mandatory use of masks for everyone in the school environment, washing hands with soap or hand sanitizer, not eating together, maintaining distance, and ensure good air circulation.

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