Sanitary measures in children: the future generation without empathy?

Mesures sanitaires chez les enfants: une future génération sans empathie?

Pediatricians are concerned that the sanitary measures imposed to children and educators create significant problems in the development of small, including their ability to feel empathy.

It is that the development of empathy and intellect in the child is in contact with other people, ” said Dr. Caroline Quach, a pediatrician and microbiologist-infectiologist at the CHU Sainte-Justine.

The attachment, also, develops in the first years of life, seeing the smile of the people around us.

“It would be disastrous to have a complete generation without empathy, and it would account only in several years,” said Dr. Quach, in an interview with TVA News.

A group of doctors, including Dr. Quach, has posted a letter last week to ask that the government Legault alleviate the health measures for children.

“I think there’s a way to find a compromise so that the public health is not put aside, and that the development of the child does not, said the pediatrician. This is why I think that to discuss, you eventually find a balance between the two.”

A normal life

Pediatricians require mainly to let children “live their lives as normally as possible,” insisted Caroline Quach.

For toddlers in daycare, she recommends, for example, that the children share the toys by washing them on a regular basis.

In addition, the protective equipment for our educators, she said, “should be available, but should not be mandatory”.

It should also abandon the distancing physical with the little ones, believes Dr. Quach.

“When our child enters the daycare in the morning and that he is crying because he needs to be cuddled to build his confidence, it requires that the educator be able to take it in his arms,” she explained.

Finally, children who go to school should be able to play ball in the school yard and go outside and play at recess, she pleaded.

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