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A 28-year-old male asked:

When i went to visit my 3 year-old nephew for the first time, he did not want to interact with me or anyone. should i be worried that isolation during this covid-19 pandemic is making him more anxious or depressed? any recommendations?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Uncertain: Was this a one -time experience or has this become a pattern? Does he play? Does he interact with his immediate family?
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
About 3 year-olds...: A preschooler often is running around at home, playing. Maybe he was in preschool but he should adapt fine to being at home. At that age, kids have no idea what COVID is other than that people get to wear fun masks and play with the faucet or the hand sanitizer a lot. Probably would not blame COVID for changes in behavior, unless the other people newly stuck at home are grumpy and yelling at him.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
As Dr. Kwok said, 3-yr olds won't know or understand COVID-19, but they do notice, understand, and respond to the emotional state of their parents.
Aug 6, 2020
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Ask mom: You would need to see how typical , and any concerns from mom or the Dr. Always worth getting an evaluation if there is concern. There are many things that can result in development sliding off course and often things that can get them back on the sooner evaluated the better.

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