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Supporting Children During COVID-19: World Health Organisation Advice

Understanding Children's Response to Stress

Children may react differently to stress compared to adults. It's crucial to:

  • Offer Support: Listen to their concerns and provide extra reassurance, love, and attention.
  • Stay Connected: Keep children close to their parents and family, maintaining regular contact via phone or messages if separation occurs.
  • Maintain Routines: Stick to regular schedules and routines to provide stability.
  • Encourage Play: Create opportunities for children to play and relax, promoting their emotional well-being.

Providing Information and Education

It's essential to equip children with accurate information about COVID-19:

  • Share Facts: Provide children with factual information about the virus, including its impact and preventive measures.
  • Reduce Risk: Explain how they can reduce the risk of infection through hygiene and safety practices.