POSITIVE PARENTING AT THE TIME OF COVID-19
of now, COVID-19 seems to have conquered the world and has caused a worldwide
lockdown which has subjugated all of the world powers, while bringing down
economies to their toes.
effort is being made to prevent the spreading of the virus and treat the
infected as best as we can in the current scenario. All world health agencies
are continuously issuing guidelines to safeguard their citizens and special
attention is being given to secure the spread of coronavirus amongst the
elderly, as it might affect them more than others.
there is one segment of the population that we seem to have relegated to the
back of the shelf – our children.
of adults around the world are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis as best as they
can, but it’s because they can. They have had time to weather many crises
in their lives (albeit not one of this magnitude). They can understand the
severity of the situation and despite the fact that it is impacting their lives
severely, they can reason with themselves helping them keeping their impulses
in check while hoping for a better future.
Children see the current lockdown as nothing else but a disruption in their
daily lives, in their normal lives.
for us, it is hard to stay positive in this situation and we can only make
assumptions about what our children might be going through. However, a positive
attitude attracts positive outcomes.
sequestered lifestyle is affecting children of different age groups in
different ways. So let’s tackle them accordingly.
infants, this might turn out to be a good turn of events. While their delicate
immune systems will certainly remain safe indoors. Since they will now be
surrounded by family and get the proper attention they deserve, this isolation
period will also be good for their mental health. This could result in stronger
familial bonding and faster development as infants observe more conversations
and interactions among the family. Though with all the family members at home,
it takes a toll on mothers, still they should set aside a minimum of 30 minutes
to indulge with their babies. This will keep you and your child happy.
seem to be in an unfortunate situation though. At an age when they are growing
daily and need to run around in nature and get fresh air, they are stuck
indoors instead. They need an avenue to expend all their pent up energy and
being confined within four walls could lead to a tidal wave of cranky toddlers
and frustrated parents. One can engage them in indoor games, tell them stories,
and be a child for once with them. It will help them connect with you better.
issues faced by school-going children come somewhat closer to those faced by
adults. They still have school work to do, thanks in no small part to
information technology. There is still homework to submit, still lessons to
learn. But a large part of their school-going experience is disrupted. Being in
their formative years, the need to interact and socialize with peers is of
great importance. They also need to engage in physical activity. WHO suggests,
we should try to connect them with their peers digitally and should make a
routine of exercising, yoga, etc. as a
family activity, so they can stay physically and emotionally healthy.
the most important need of the hour is to keep them from contracting the virus.
This is a necessary sacrifice, one that, under no circumstances, should be
belittled or taken lightly.
course, now we come to the most troublesome group – teenagers. Stuck between
childhood and adulthood, the Corona crisis is a double-edged sword, in this
case, affecting both, teenagers and their parents. They are probably the one
group of children who are capable of understanding this crisis and why we need
to deal with it this way.
dealing with mountains of schoolwork and the looming threat of examinations
once the crisis is over, they are also stuck in their worst nightmare –
constant adult supervision. At an age when they need their privacy and need to
step out of their parents’ shadows to explore what life has to offer, they have
been forced to stay shut in with their parents. As for the parents, dealing
with teenagers is a minefield on the best of days; they now have constantly to
deal with grumpy, cranky teenagers who are unable to blow off steam when they
teenagers will be teenagers. They often don’t want to be constantly monitored
and need their space. We should encourage them to put forth their viewpoints in
current discussions and should give them constructive feedback. Seeking their
opinions also builds –up their confidence and they will be more forthcoming
with us. Engaging them in household activities like asking them to help while
cooking their favourite dishes also helps bonding with
in all, we need to make the best of the worst possible situation, and that
includes the mental health and happiness of our children. So while we look at
all the changes we have to make in our lifestyles to weather this storm, we must
prioritize the needs of our children.
We at the metro group of hospitals are always
committed to realizing the vision of providing world class healthcare at an
affordable cost and to achieve excellence in Healthcare services by offering
exceptional care through state of the art technology.
The Metro Group was established in the year
1997 by Padama Vibhusan, Padma Bhusan and Dr. B C Roy National Awardee Dr.
Purshotam Lal with the vision to provide world-class healthcare amenities to
his countrymen at an affordable cost.
Group of Hospitals are the leading healthcare centers in our country boasting
an ultra-modern infrastructure providing multispeciality care by an exceptional
team of healthcare professionals under the leadership of world-renowned
interventional cardiologist Dr. Purshotam Lal. We at Metro hospitals provide
multispecialty care for 35 specialties that include Cardiology,
Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Respiratory, Oncology, Orthopaedics Joint
replacement, Gastro and Bariatric Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, etc.
Dr. Purshotam Lal is a world-renowned
cardiologist who has been trained at world’s top medical institutions in UK,
Germany, and USA and has been granted fellowships at American College of
Cardiology; American College of Medicine; Royal College of Physicians (Canada);
Indian College of Cardiology & Society for Cardiac Angiography
Interventions (USA). He has been constantly innovating and has provided the
world with various procedures in the field of Interventional Cardiology. He has
successfully implemented these procedures and has treated thousands of patients
suffering from complex heart diseases.
He made monumental contributions in clinical development of Monodisc Device and for
the first time in medical history performed
Heart Hole (ASD) Closure on a patient from Tamil Nadu. Some of the other
procedure that were performed by Dr. Purshotam Lal for the first time include
The first case of Aortic Valve
Replacement with Core Valve, without surgery on July 12, 2004.
The 1st case in high-risk Aortic
Valvuloplasty in July 1990 for the 1st time in the Medical Literature.
Introduced INOUE Balloon, the most
popular balloon for opening tight valve, for the 1st time in the country.
Developed a new concept of "METRO
CORONARY SCREENING" for the patients who have been having a phobia of
conventional coronary angiography.
Introduced more than 20 interventional
procedures for the first time in the country such as Coronary Atherectomy, Slow
Rotational Angioplasty, Rotablator, etc.
Performing the largest no of
angioplasties/stenting as a single operator in the world – as per HEAL Survey –
the leading health magazine.
His contributions in the field of
interventional cardiology are numerous and he is constantly working to provide
affordable healthcare to all.
By Dr. Shalini Tyagi
Head, Unit II ,Paediatrics & Neonatology
Metro Hospitals & Heart Institute, Noida Sector-11, UP