Children’s Mercy Wichita: Comforting Children During Spring Storms

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Lets be real, the weather in Kansas is about as inconsistent as it gets; one constant however is the fact that we will experience severe weather throughout the spring season. Dr. Ram Chettiar, Child Psychiatrist with Children’s Mercy joined us today to share best ways to comfort children who experience anxiety or fear due to spring storms.

I’m the first to admit the earthquakes we recently experienced in Wichita were very alarming and left me feeling a bit of angst. Dr Chettiar shared feeling some anxiety is normal. He explained there will be some stress however when kids develop stress due to weather it typically goes away in a few weeks and that there are things adults can do to help minimize this.

If symptoms don’t subside over a few months and children continue to show signs of irritability or lack of focus Dr Chettiar recommends reaching out to a medical professional. A proactive approach to limiting stress and anxiety is creating a distraction box full of games, snacks, comforting stuffed animals, blankets, etc. that can be kept in the basement of the area your family will go when severe weather hits.

If your child experiences stress of any kind and you would like to reach out to Dr Chettiar or the team at Children’s Mercy for more information you can reach them at hcildrenmercy.org/wichita

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