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how can parents deal with nightmares of children after hearing bad news or seeing it in media? @drpam

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Reassure: What we do, of course, depends upon the age of the child. But certain principles are constant. Be truthful.Reaffirm that you are doing everything in your power to provide a safe environment.Emphasize that the circumstances are very unusual and rarely happen. Help them think of the positive things in life. These strategies help.
Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Love and patience: Hug them, be patient with them, limit the exposure to seeing the news on tv over & over, be honest with them when they ask questions, ask them if they have questions, concerns or fears, tell them that you're by their side and that in general the world is a safe place. If your child's functioning suffers from the trauma in the media, consult a mental health professional. There is help.

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Last updated Sep 24, 2016

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