Freeman Pediatrician urges parents to monitor children for reaction to news

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Listening or watching the news lately, has been difficult. Especially as we learn more about the details of the Uvalde shooting, and the start of burials for 1nineteen 4th graders and their two teachers this week.

But if you have children, it can be even more difficult when a few seconds of news can lead to questions that parents aren’t prepared to answer. Freeman Pediatrician Amanda Dickerson says there are indicators to watch for if your kids know what’s going on and are having a difficult time with it.

“As far determining whether your child is handling this information in a way that’s healthy I think I would probably center center yourself on, are they having trouble sleeping? Are they having behavior issues or mood swings? Are they, all of a sudden complaining of headaches and tummy aches when they didn’t complain of those things before? Or having emotional outbursts that they didn’t have before?”

As of Thursday, there have been 232 mass shootings in the US this year alone.

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