The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologna
Kids don’t always verbalize their struggles, but anxiety, depression and other mental health issues can manifest in different ways. HuffPost spoke to Gurwitch, von Lob and other experts to learn about some of these indicators. Read on to learn about signs that may offer parents a window into children’s mental health in this unprecedented situation. It’s understandable that kids may not be their usual selves for a short period of time, but if these behavioral or emotional changes increase in severity, persist for many weeks or interfere with your child’s everyday functions, you may want to seek professional advice.
Medical X-Press – Bev Betkowski
While parents may worry about their children missing classes, avoid the temptation to rush them into too much structured time at home. “First of all, give everyone some breathing room at the start. Take a little time, and maybe consider spending your first week or two as their spring break while you come up with a plan,” said Linda Laidlaw, a professor and digital literacy researcher in the U of A’s Faculty of Education.
Medical X-Press – Kiersten Willis
The coronavirus pandemic has emerged as spring arrives and allergy season begins. With that in mind, should you be worried that going “achoo” could be an indicator of COVID-19? Here’s the difference between allergy symptoms and those of the coronavirus disease 2019.
Romper – Cat Bowen
Parents of children with asthma have medications, inhalers, and monitoring physical activity and other triggers to worry about. Now, COVID-19, is the new concern in town. Are kids with asthma at greater risk for coronavirus? Doctors say, based on what we know now, maybe not.
The Conversation – Dorian Traube and Ashwini Lakshmanan
Screen time for little kids takes a lot of heat under normal conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ official recommendations urge families to be thoughtful and judicious about screen time for youngsters from birth to age five. And there is evidence that too much technology can lead to loss of child development opportunities.