Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 10:45 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 05:07 [IST]

Nurturing the young ones

The second wave of Covid-19 has scared children. The third wave, if it comes, is said to be worse for children. The first wave of Corona had spared children, but the second wave has a mutant virus which is said to be more virulent and thus spreading like a wildfire. This time it has not even spared the newborn. Children below one year are more susceptible as the immune system is not that well developed. The only solace is that it has not shown to be as serious as that of adults and many of them can be treated at home..
Most children have a very strong urge to move forward in their development. However, along with the excitement of being able to do new things comes stress. This stress can cause regression: temporary steps back in development. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the crisis of care and learning. With the disruption of school, playdates with friends and other beloved routines, regressive behaviours (difficulty with skills the child had formerly mastered such as toilet training and sleeping, and difficulties managing their feelings of anger, sadness and anxiety) have become increasingly common.
Children may not express themselves but land in headaches, anxiety, tension, stress syndrome, depression. Few of them particularly small ones throw temper tantrums as they are caged, not allowed to go out of the house or meet friends. This has led to a lot of psychological problems in children. This leads to frustration, anger, border, emotional stress, exhaustion.
Coping with and expressing strong feelings can be really challenging, so we’re seeing temper tantrums in older and younger children and even college students. Even adults regress when their stress levels increase or when they experience changes and transitions, so it’s important to keep that in mind: It’s a developmental phenomenon from childhood through adulthood.
We’re also seeing a lot of behavioural challenges. We notice children getting really sad over not being with their friends or their teachers and demonstrating exaggerated emotions and behaviours around the shifting in what school looks like. All of these uncertainties are so much more prevalent and so much more frustrating because we are all striving to reach something that is normal and predictable. We are discovering that consistency and predictability have been more difficult to achieve during Covid-19. This can lead children to feel anxious and frustrated which can certainly result in behavioral dysregulation.
Parents should also be smart enough to pick up symptoms in children which could be due to coronavirus. Unlike adults, children do not suffer from severe symptoms. Some infected children may not have any symptoms also. Such children become super-spreaders of Coronavirus.
The biggest support we can give our children is by staying hopeful and appreciating children’s natural curiosity, motivation and resilience. Read to your children and find ways to be together. Think and talk about what is going on outside. Play together and try to learn and grow together. Always remember the greatest thing you can do for your children is to provide them with love and care.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi