How is Kovid-19 affecting children? Know what experts say, How Covid-19 affecting kids? Know what experts say
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New Delhi : Children of all ages have been psychologically impacted during the second wave of COVID-19 due to excessive screen time, no social interactions and not enough time for children despite parents working from home . Dr Meena J, Pediatrician at Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka said that while older children are experiencing irritability, restlessness, nervousness and behavioral problems, children in the age group of two to three years have delayed development.
“Children usually start speaking at the age of two to three years but we are seeing that children are speaking late. They are learning to do some activities but are not able to do it. For example there are some children who have been trained to use the toilet but do not tell the parents when they need to go to the toilet and wet the bed.’
‘Increasing fear in children’
Children who are neither teenagers nor young have behavioral problems such as difficulty in reading, excessive tantrums, showing anger and social distancing. In some, problems such as social fear and nervousness of strangers have started to develop. “The children who come for treatment are afraid to talk to us,” he said.
Experts said that the main reasons for this are the lockdown, the severity of the second wave of corona virus infection and the fear of infection. Dr Nameet Jerath, Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist and Senior Consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital said that due to the prolongation of the lockdown, abnormal behaviour, tantrums, angry behavior have arisen in the children as both the child and the parent are forced to stay at home. .
Agreeing with Dr. Jeerath’s views, Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Consultant, Psychologist at Moolchand Hospital said that they are seeing two-three such cases every day and it is a very difficult time especially for teenagers.
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