By Amy McRee, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Even if a child doesn't directly experience a disaster, exposure to it through TV or even friends can lead to distress. Helping your child cope with the trauma is important.
After a severe storm, your child may experience:-fear that it will happen again-sleeplessness-nightmares-fear of separation-change in eating patterns-complaints of aches and pains-withdrawal from friends-angry outbursts.
To help your child cope:-talk about the event and list to their concerns-answer their questions honestly and with words they can understand-be patient and understanding-give assurance that they will be taken care of-maintain normal routines-limit exposure to additional trauma
Professional help may also be needed. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has linked information about how to cope with a storm.