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Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster

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CDC
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Publication Year:
2019
May 18, 2020
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster

A Resource for Parents and Caregivers

A fact sheet that is a good resource for parents and caregivers to help children cope during and after a disaster. 

The amount of damage caused from a disaster can be overwhelming. The destruction of homes and separation from school, family, and friends can create a great amount of stress and anxiety for children. They may not fully understand what is going on. A child’s reaction and signs of stress may vary depending on age and previous experiences and typical coping behavior with stress.

What You Can Do to Help Children Cope with a Disaster

Set a good example by managing your own stress through healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. When you are prepared, rested, and relaxed, you can respond better to unexpected events and can make decisions in the best interest of your loved ones. Follow the tips mentioned in the attached.

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