Updated 10/31/2012 08:25 PM
Natural Disasters May Affect Mental State in Children
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- After a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, children may require special care when exposed to the media. Because our society is so connected, our children see and hear a lot of things.
After a natural disaster they may have a lot of questions or show signs of fear for their family or their pets. A local social worker suggested things to do when children often experience disruptions in their sleep and appetite as a result of a natural disaster.
"Maintain the routines you always have, even if you have disruptions in your own life. Even if you have disruptions in your own life, such as your power going out," said Eve Gotham, Rochester General Hospital. "You make it fun, you keep the routine to the best you can. You also want to try and limit children's exposure if they tend to be anxious to the media in some ways."
If these symptoms continue for over a month, parents may need to talk to the child's pediatrician.