There are many articles or news in the media that alert us to the effects on mental health that the coronavirus is generating. Children as well as adults have been affected since the beginning of the pandemic.
The impact on learning and social development that we are observing in the consultation puts us on notice of a generation that is going to suffer the psychological consequences of said pandemic.
Specifically in children, we are observing an increase in anxious-depressive symptoms. These symptoms can be related to constant lockdowns, school closures, lack of direct social contact, limited social interaction outside, and loss of healthy lifestyle habits.
That is why we recommend that, as far as possible, families take charge of prevention in the family environment. Parents must provide their children with the tools to manage the emotions that may arise in critical situations of the pandemic (confinement, duels, lack of social relationships…).
The Society of Child Psychiatry issued some of the recommendations, which we also suggest, for the prevention of emotional distress in children:
- Positive communication: offer information about the coronavirus, do not raise doubts or refuse to talk about the pandemic.
- Promote healthy habits: hygiene and care.
- Positive parenting strategies: closer coexistence with children and generate healthy relationships.
Between all of us, we will get ahead, but it is essential that we join forces and knowledge to help those who have fewer tools: children.
ESPAI TAU KIDS TEAM