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There are many things you can do to help your child cope after experiencing a traumatic event. It is normal for a child to feel worried, emotional or jumpy for the first few days after a traumatic experience.
Traumatic events may include:
You want to make your child feel safe. Creating a safe environment helps your child trust again.
It is important to take care of yourself in order to best support your child.
Keep in mind siblings may be affected by the event as well. Keep them included and give them extra attention. Ask them, “Is there anything you are confused or worried about? How are you feeling?”
If you or your child continue to feel worried, emotional or jumpy weeks after the trauma and these feelings interfere with daily living, seek professional help. Talk with a family doctor, therapist, social worker or school counselor.
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