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Nemours Children’s Health System wants to help you keep children and families healthy.

Please help us keep your community safe and informed by sharing this email and posting the flyer (available in English and Spanish via the link)  to your website and social platforms.
 ww2.nemours.org/covid19info
 
Caregivers can be helpful to children, if they are prepared.  Fear about coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause scary feelings in adults and children.  Here's how you can calm your family.
 
    USE THE 3 C’s
 
     CARE

  • Help your child stay healthy. Teach them to use their “germ buster” powers: washing hands often, not touching        their face, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or elbow and staying home. Make sure your child is getting at least 8     hours of sleep each night.
 
  • Take time to deal with your own feelings. Be kind to yourself and reach out to family, friends, religious or                 community leaders to get support.
     COMMUNICATE
  • Be calm and comforting. Focus on helping your child feel safe. Listen to them. Answer their questions. Share         honest information that’s right for their age.
  • Help kids talk, write or draw how they are feeling when they are ready.  
     
     CONNECT
  • Keep everyday routines and fun activities in place to reduce stress. Keep the same time for sleeping, meals,
chores, and schoolwork.  Join your child for fun activities such as dance, exercise, deep breathing or yoga.
 
  • Stay in touch with friends and family on the phone, online or by writing letters and drawing pictures.                   Be creative while staying at home.
 
 
What are the signs of stress?
  • Young children: afraid to be alone, bed wetting, bad dreams, crankiness & temper tantrums
  • School-age children: easily upset or angry, bad dreams, wanting to be near caregivers & trouble staying focused
  • Teens: changes in sleep or eating, arguing with friends or family & wanting to be left alone
  • LGBTQ youth: In addition to above, LGBTQ youth are often faced with increased feelings of anxiety, depression          and poor health outcomes.  Staying at home might cause LGBTQ youth to be lonelier than other youth.
  • Children with special needs or disabilities: worry and anger from having less control over daily well-being
  • Adults: changes in sleep or eating, worsening of health problems, drinking more alcohol, smoking more, using
drugs and increased temper and anger
 
Where to get help?
 
  • Delaware Valley
DE Crisis Hotline: (800)  969-4357;   MD Crisis Hotline: (800) 422-0009;
PA Crisis Hotline:  (877) 724-3258;   NJ Crisis Hotline: (877) 652-7624
People’s Place: (302) 422-8033 or email info@peoplesplace2.com
DE Division of Public Health Call Center: (866) 408-1899
 
  • Florida
Florida Blue Emotional Support Line: 1-833-848-1762
FL Department of Health Call Center: 1-866-779-6121
 
  • Nationwide
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child (webpage)
Crisis Counselor text HOME to 741741

Disaster Distress Hotline: (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Keeping Kids Busy (video)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233 and TTY (800) 787-3224
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Nemours.org/kidscope
Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19 (video)
Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline: (866) 488-7386, via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help or texting START to 678678
 
To find out more about COVID-19 in English or Spanish, visit Kidshealth.org                  

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