(By Abid Ali)
Children are the sensitive part 0f our society and home as well therefore, the change of anything pays impact on them immediately. As corona virus is deadly for older as for
Children due to some reasons.
- Less immunity.
- Fear of everything.
- Instant reactions.
- Questioning power.
- Curious about everything which is happening around them.
Mental issues of them:
- disruptive behavior problems
- sleep disorders
- substance use disorders
- suicidal symptom
Children are likely to be experiencing worry, anxiety and fear, and this can include the types of fears that are very similar to those experienced by adults, such as a fear of dying, a fear of their relatives dying, or a fear of what it means to receive medical treatment.
If schools have closed as part of necessary measures, then children may no longer have that sense of structure and stimulation that is provided by that environment, and now they have less opportunity to be with their friends and get that social support that is essential for good mental well-being.
- Schools are closed.
- Parks are closed.
- They cannot go to relatives.
- They cannot go to nearby shop.
All these things can be understandable for the adults but not for children which leads psychological problems for them.
According to a researcher:
“I worry that kids will get a double wallop,” says Ezra Golberstein, a health-policy researcher at the University of Minnesota. “There’s the disease itself and the fear of it. On top of that, you’ve got the lock-downs, with kids removed from the school environment and their friends.”
“I’m seeing 100% more behavioral problems,” says Stanton. “My son, who has learning issues, has three meltdowns a day. With my daughter, the problem became addiction to the iPad. She has a TikTok account and created an [alias] of an older girl. We took the tablet away, and there were hysterics. She told us, ‘I want to be on the tablet all the time because [when I am] I don’t feel so lonely.’”
Make sure their child is getting fact-based information about what we know and don’t about the virus.
Limit exposure to graphic media or frightening stories on TV, social media, and online.
Caregivers should talk with other adults about these issues to process their own fears or worries.
Give your child a chance to talk about feelings and help them with the big ones. Check in with your child about how they are feeling. If they aren’t able to talk about feelings easily, parents can label the big feelings they see. Saying things like “It can be really scary not to know what’s going to happen next” or “I know you’re angry you can’t be with your friends” can help them connect to their feelings. Encourage them to use tools to organize emotions, like deep breathing, mindfulness, or meditation activities. If they don’t know how, there are lots of free apps for preschoolers through adolescence.
A healthy body is good for the mind. All humans, and especially children, need to move around. Your child can keep their body moving through indoor or outdoor exercise, taking walks, and playing active games. Limiting time on screens also gives children a chance to be more active.
Take care of yourself because children do better when their parents are better. You and your child will benefit if you take care of your own stress reactions: staying connected to your social supports, exercising, and reading, meditating, or praying. Adults with stress that isn’t controllable or with mental health symptoms should stay connected with their mental health provider or reach out for help.