How is your Child Coping with Trauma
After any disaster usually the children are traumatised the most and the fact that they cannot always express themselves worsens it. Comprehending the magnitude of psychological and emotional disturbances is sometimes difficult when it comes to children. Usually there are evidences of acute stress disorder or secondary enuresis (bed-wetting – loss of bladder control). Then there are some kids who are scared and not ready to leave the house alone.
The healing process of the kids can begin if the parents know how to handle it well. Parents need to show the kids that they are in control of the situation and are not scared. If the children see their parents are scared then they will be affected more and much easily.
Here are a few tips to help your child cope with the trauma better:
- It is important for parents to gently explain what actually happened. They need to realise that there are different kinds of people in the world and some people who are not good harm others.
- They should be encouraged to talk about the incident so that they can dispel doubts. However do not force your child to talk about it.
- Catharsis is important. Encourage your child to vent out his/her feelings in various creative ways like drawing, painting or writing about it.
- Try and keep the child away form television channels that are very graphic and show gruesome details.
- Do not ignore symptoms like excessive irritability and unusual bed-wetting. Psychiatric help if needed should not be shied away from.