How to help children ease anxiety during Covid outbreak

April 23, 2020
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CHILDREN may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry, agitated, bedwetting, etc. Others with emotional anxiety were even hospitalized.

Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way and listen to their concerns. Give them extra love and attention. The World Health Organization (WHO) shared some ideas how to help children ease their anxiety or fear about the threat brought by the coronavirus. Read on.

* They need time and attention. Children need adults’ love and attention during difficult times. Give them extra time and attention. Listen to them, speak kindly and reassure them. If possible, make opportunities for the child to play and relax.

* Make them busy. Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible. While everyone is cooped at home, create new learning skills as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.

* Explain to them the situation. Watching news and seeing people in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may look scary to children. To ease their tension, provide facts about what has happened, explain what is going on now and give them clear information about how to reduce their risk of being infected by the disease in words that they can understand depending on their age. You can provide them information about what could happen in re-assuring way.