A 36-year-old member asked:
how can parents deal with nightmares of children after hearing bad news or seeing it in media? @drpam
2 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
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.
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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.
5.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Sep 24, 2016
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