Children are hearing and probably have questions about COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents and others who work with children to filter information and talk about it in age-appropriate ways the child can understand. AAP shared the following tips.
Be reassuring. Remind children scientists and doctors are learning as much about the virus as fast as they can and working to keep everyone safe.
Let them help. Let children know how they can help by washing their hands often, covering their coughs with a tissue or sleeve and getting enough sleep.
Watch for anxiousness. Anxious children may not say they’re worried but express it by becoming cranky, clingier, distracted or having trouble sleeping. Continue to reassure them and try to maintain normal routines.
Monitor what they watch. Young children should not be exposed to frightening images on television, social media, etc. Talk with older children about what they are hearing and correct misinformation or rumors.
Model good behavior. When adults show empathy and support to those who are ill, children will too.