Stress and Children

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Children mirror behaviors they observe from adults. This is especially true of our responses to stressful situation like those caused by COVID-19. 

Common Signs of Distress in the Young

  • Excessive crying or irritation
  • Bedwetting, toileting accidents
  • Unhealthy eating 
  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Acting out or irritability in teens
  • Unexplained headache or body pains
  • Alcohol, tobacco or drug use


  • Speak calmly to them during this crisis
  • Provide truthful, straightforward information
  • Answer questions to the best of your ability
  • Reassure your children that you are prepared and can protect them as best you can