DocTalks for Families with Young Children (During the Pandemic) with Dr. Charlene Lui

In this video Dr. Lui answers the following questions from the community:

  • I have a new born at home and I’m worried about being out in public. Is my infant more at risk for getting the virus? And would they be at risk of getting severe symptoms if they did get the virus?
  • Is it important for people to stay within their bubble when they have a newborn baby?
  • Is the virus airborne?
  • When and why should parents wear a mask and also ask their children to wear a mask?
  • They are talking about opening schools and daycares. We are hearing about outbreaks in other jurisdictions, such as child care centres in Quebec. Should we be wary? What kind of precautions should we be taking?
  • Regarding going back to school, how do I make this decision about my kids going back to school? What are the safety concerns I have for myself and my kids? What kind of things should I think about?
  • For moms giving birth, there is a certain level of trepidation. Can you talk a little bit about what it’s like going to the hospital to give birth right now?
  • Is there an effort to shorten the stay of mothers as they give birth because of the Covid crisis?
  • Our little one is 15 weeks old and healthy. Plan to go to the 4th month vaccinations in June. The last check-up was at the end of February. At the 2 month vaccinations the nurse didn’t do the check-up. Is it required? I’m not sure when the next check-ups are.
  • Sometimes it’s hard when to know to take your child in to see the doctor. Today it is more confusing given the risk of the emergency ward, going out on public transport, etc. What should people do? What is your advice for parents?
  • Regarding virtual care, can parents help their kids get ready for that interaction with their doctor? Is there something they should think about to make it easier for them and their kids?
  • What is the risk of asymptomatic children transmitting the disease to their parents/grandparents? Is it the same? Something to worry about? Or same common sense approach?
  • In our neighbourhood there is a cul-de-sac. All of the parents have decided that it’s okay for their kids play in the cul-de-sac. I don’t know whether to let my kids play as they don’t necessarily social distance.
  • Regarding daycare, what are the risks for my kids contracting Covid by attending daycares when they are primarily serving essential care workers’ families. We are trying to support their families but is there a higher risk there?
  • Which masks should be worn? Are certain styles of non-medical masks more effective than others? Types of fabric/? Styles of fabric? What about the papery ones you can buy? Is there something that’s better or is there just a good practice no matter which one you use?
  • What’s the best way to wash a cloth mask? • I’m preparing for pregnancy, and I’m worried about it right it right now. Can you give me some ideas as to how I should consider it? Should I be waiting? What should I think about?
  • Under the pandemic it’s hard to travel overseas with a newborn. But if I have to do it, what do you recommend? What kind of precautions should I follow?
  • Do I have to worry about the kids touching my dog right away when he comes back in from being outside? Should I be washing my dog more often?
  • Can people bring their own food when they come into the hospital when they are pregnant and going to have a baby?
  • What should parents be thinking about regarding their own health and well being? Are there actions they should be taking to try to stay safe and well for themselves and for the benefits of their kids?
  • People are feeling locked in and lost. How do we make sure they are supported? Those stresses must show up later on. Are you worried that as family doctors that you’re going to see a build up after this as things start to open up?
  • Do you worry that there will be a second wave if we send our kids back to school too soon?
  • Teenagers and youth are so dependent on being out in the world. As summer comes on, is that a risk? Is there anything parents can do to try to support them to act safely?
  • There are a couple different groups that have fallen between the cracks for care. People who have traveled here and now they can’ t go home. Can you speak about how those families worries can be overcome? Or where they might be able to get the support they need? Maybe immigrants who don’t have the language services? The kind of things they can get through the Burnaby network?