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How can I tell if my child is affected by a tragedy in the news?

If you start seeing regression, no matter the age level of the child, you should emphasize safety and make sure that your child is not overly exposed to information that could make them regress in that way.
Michele Borba
Psychology
The events of a tragedy affect children differently. The truth is we don't know how our child will handle a tough event. So watch your child's face and body language.

A change in a child's "normal" behavior is always a clue. For instance, a change in sleep, nightmares, tummy aches, headaches, inability to focus, more jittery, acting out, suddenly clingy, doesn't want to leave you, changes eating habits. Look also for more subtle cues: a pounding heart, a quivering chin, "bigger eyes."

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