Pediatrician gives advice on keeping your kids healthy this school year

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Starting next week, students will be filling the corridors of local schools again.

A question many parents are now asking is how do you keep your kids safe when you send them to school?

dr. Rubina Azam of Baldwin Pediatrics in Panama City advised: “We are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in children today. It is very concerning, especially as school starts next week.”

dr. Azam said that if your child is older than 12, vaccination is the best layer of defense.

If your child is under the age of twelve, taking precautions is the next best strategy.

“And what are those precautions? First of all, make sure your child is constantly washing his hands and avoiding crowded places and, if possible, encourage him to wear a mask. Again, that’s their only protective measure at the moment until the vaccine is approved,” said Dr. Azam.

In a news conference Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis made it clear that he will not require masks in Florida schools.

“He wants the government to force preschoolers to wear face masks at school. He believes that parents should not have a say in this. He finds the decision for the government. Well, I can tell you that in Florida, the parents are the ones responsible for that decision,” DeSantis said.

The “he” that Governor DeSantis refers to is President Joe Biden.

So if you’re sending your kids to school next week, there are several things to keep in mind.

“A COVID-19 infection can be present with any symptom. My philosophy is it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise…abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, body aches, runny nose, congestion, you name it, it’s COVID-19,” Azam said. light[ly]. If your child has symptoms, do not send them to the school. Contact your pediatrician. Have your child tested.”

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