Are there signs parents should be watching out for during COVID-19? Yes there are. Even the youngest kids can feel stress and anxiety.
Excessive crying or irritation in younger children. Just like we tend to get grumpy when we’re upset, children do too. They may have a harder time expressing their feelings though. Be patient with them.
Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting). It’s common for children to regress when something is wrong emotionally. Be patient with them.
Excessive worry or sadness. These are signs of depression. One tip is to ask your child what they’re grateful for. Help teach them to focus on the good in their lives.
Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits. If you notice your child exhibiting these signs, make sure that you talk to them about it and help them make better decisions.
Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens. There is usually a reason that your teens are doing this. Try your best to find out why.
Poor school performance or avoiding school. Especially during COVID-19 when schools are shut down across the country. Your children are feeling the isolation just like you are. They may lose the desire to do their schoolwork.
Difficulty with attention and concentration. Depression can manifest in these ways.
Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past. During covid-19 when children can not do the activities they used to do, some may refuse to do anything. Including things they previously used to do like ride bikes.
Unexplained headaches or body pain. Depression and stress can cause physical ailments.
Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Your children may try to cope by using substances. Talk to them about why this isn’t a good idea before they try it.
Hopefully these signs parents should be watching out for during COVID-19 will help you and your loved ones. Stay safe.