Pediatrician's Corner

Hi, I’m Dr. Brown. I’m going to share my tips on how to pick with best masks for kids and help your family stay safe and healthy.

Touch Base

Kids can easily become scared, upset, angry, and overwhelmed when they don't understand. Knowing someone who is sick or fearing someone they love may get sick can be really scary. Checking in with children can help ease their fears. Ask your kids how they are feeling. Listen to them. Children do not always know how to put their feelings into words. Help children find ways to express their emotions.

Changes in their daily routines, including a school quarantine, not being able to play with neighborhood friends or see grandparents, can be challenging for kids. Children may act out, have trouble falling or staying asleep, and/or want you to stay close at all times.

  • Let children know adults are responsible for keeping them safe
  • Help think about ways they can calm down if they feel scared or upset. Taking 10 deep breaths or having them close their eyes and think of something they love often helps
  • Empower kids by letting them know how they can help (remembering safety tips; asking questions; help making signs; remembering ways to calm down; helping siblings calm down)

Dr. Brown’s Library Suggestions

Books are a great tool for helping children open up about their experiences and feelings. Here are a couple to start with:

  • "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst
  • "Gettin' Through Thursday" By Melrose Cooper, Illustrated by Nneka Bennett

Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. ​If your child is experiencing any symptoms or illness or if you have any questions about any possible illness, or other medical matter, consult your doctor or other healthcare provider without delay of any kind.