Calming Coronavirus anxiety top tips
- Use a range of fact-based media to reassure your child. Remember that in the absence of facts, children will often imagine situations are far worse than reality.
- Use the most current information available. Public Health England update their website every day with a regional breakdown of where cases are in the UK
- Be calm yourself as an anxious child will sense your anxiety.
- Make yourself available to your child as they may need more reassurance than usual. Reassuring them that children are not a high-risk category may help quell any fears they have.
- Avoid listening or giving weight to rumours about Coronavirus. Check where the information has come from.
- Be aware of any comments from other adults around your child. You may have to explain what comments mean if they are different than the values that you have at home.
- Maintain as normal a routine as possible while keeping aware of current health advice. If you're advised to stay at home - stay at home!
- Remember it is completely normal for anxiety to be higher at a time like this, but be aware of the impact that excessive viewing of TV and social media can have on yours and your child's mental health.
- Use common sense based on current guidelines
- If you or anyone if your family develops a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, call 111 or your GP for guidance as per current advice. Only call 999 if it is a life-threatening medical emergency. If your child lives with a serious medical condition, trust your instincts.
If we all stick to the guidelines and follow the advice, the spread will eventually diminish. As the WHO says, we are in the best position ever to contain a possible pandemic.