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Fear. Anxiety. Uprooted routines. As the coronavirus continues to spread, each day brings unsettling news and drastic changes to our daily lives. People of all ages are trying to come to terms with the new normal—especially young children who may not fully understand these trying times.
“Very young children, newborns to five years of age, can be trying to tell you they’re afraid,” says Dr. Martha Libster, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and director, clinical nurse education at Rogers Behavioral Health. “Parents and caregivers can miss the signs as they are focusing on dealing with their own fears,” she cautions. “Children absorb everything in their surroundings including their caregivers’ emotions. It’s important to pay attention to their nonverbal communication. They are saying how they feel even if they can’t speak yet or if they don’t have the vocabulary to explain.”
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