Suara.com – Toddlers have active movements along with their growth and development. Unfortunately, since the Covid-19 pandemic, many parents have been worried about bringing their children outside the house to avoid transmission of the corona virus. But if you know the trick, taking toddlers to play outside is actually safe.
Pediatrician, dr. Lucy Amelia. Sp.A., said that children under five need a stimulus to optimize their growth and development.
“When you have children under five, you must provide an intensive development and growth stimulus. In the current pandemic conditions, a stimulus is needed but it is safe. Because there are a lot of activities inside and outside the home. So you have to provide space for exploration outside the home while still observing protocol health, “said Lucy in a live broadcast with Parenting Indonesia, Thursday (14/1/2021).
According to him, there is no problem inviting children to play outside the house because it can also hone their creativity. As long as it is important to pay attention, you should find a place where there are not many crowds.
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“So you can (play outside) as long as you are creative in finding a place where there are not many crowds, you can also prepare ammunition such as masks, soap if you have access to washing hands, as well as hand sanitizers,” he advised.
Public areas such as parks can be an option for playing. But because of PSBB regulations from the government, if the park is still closed, Lucy suggested that it is enough to invite children to play on the side of the road around the house area or in the yard.
Lucy also reminded that children under the age of two do not need to wear a mask. Because they are worried that they will disturb their respiratory system, they are also not in accordance with the recommendations of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI).
“Because children under two years old have not been recommended to wear masks. It means that maybe they use faceshields, but not all children want them. So they are without masks and faceshields. As long as they are invited to play in an area that is not crowded and quiet, in my opinion it does not matter,” he said.
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