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    From the CDC For parents

    Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

    Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:

    • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
    • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (ex. toileting accidents or bedwetting)
    • Excessive worry or sadness
    • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
    • Irritability and "acting out" behaviors in teens
    • Poor school performance or avoiding school
    • Difficulty with attention and concentration
    • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
    • Unexplained headaches or body pain
    • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

    There are many things you can do to support your child:

    • Take the time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about it in a way that you child can understand. 
    • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
    • Limit your family's exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
    • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
    • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

    Learn more about helping children cope.

     

    Mental Health Resources from the CDC

     

    Fred Roger's Center: Resources for talking to your children about the Coronavirus. Topics on this page include: 

    • Talking with children about coronavirus
    • Caring for children and yourself
    • Learning with children through play
    • Learning with children through digital media
    • Bringing Mister Rogers to your neighborhood
    • Fred Rogers’ six basic necessities of learning

     Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Talking with children about Coronavirus 

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