- Hearing news about the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the world may be causing fear among children
- This is why experts believe parents should be explaining the virus to their children
- Preventive measures like proper handwashing and avoiding touching the face should be taught to them
COVID-19 can cause panic and anxiety among adults, especially the elderly who are reported to be the most at risk of the virus. But children may also be experiencing fear or having lingering questions about it that they are not bringing up to their parents.
This is why it is important to talk to them about COVID-19, its risks, and how it can be prevented.
In an article on Health Line, licensed marriage and family therapist Heidi McBain underscored the importance of keeping an open communication with their children so that they will not hesitate to approach their parents when they feel that they need to ask something.
“Just because your child does not bring it up to you means it is not in their mind,” the psychotherapist said.
In fact, her child asked about it and the first thing she did was to read more about COVID-19 so that she would give her child the right answers. For Dr. Teena Chopra, it is important to tell kids that “what is known about the virus at this point [is that] it is a respiratory virus,” and that those who have it may have no, mild, or severe symptoms.
Children should also be informed of the preventive measures they should observe so that they won’t contract that virus. Proper handwashing should be taught to them and they should practice it as often as possible.
She added that kids should be warned against touching their face because they can get the virus through their mouth, eyes, and nose.
McBain also reminded parents to be cautious of how they manage their fear of the virus because it may affect how their children view it.
“When a parent is anxi0us, their child is going to feel that anxiety and take it on, regardless of how well they think they mask or hide their anxiety,” mental health professional Haley Neidich said.