The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenging circumstances for children to cope with. Some children may be worried about themselves or loved ones contracting the virus, while others may be concerned if they are sufficiently prepared for school exams. Some may simply feel frustrated, having the sense that they are cooped up at home. Whichever the case, it is important for parents and caregivers to know that they play an essential role in supporting their children and helping them adjust to these changes.
Five tips by the KKH Psychosocial Trauma Support Service for parents and caregivers when supporting children who may be experiencing COVID-19-related distress:
Acknowledgements This article was contributed by Mr Lester Lai, Associate Psychologist and Ms Jean Kwek, Principal Psychologist, Psychosocial Trauma Support Service, KK Women's and Children's Hospital.