Dealing With A Child’s Storm Fears

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  After day after day of tornado images in the news and everywhere else you look, how does a parent deal with a child who is now frightened by the thought of more severe weather?

The answer, according to SLU Care and Cardinal Glennon pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller:  reassure them of their safety.

“The younger a kid is, the less they’re going to understand the nuance around this (storm) being a forty-year event,” Dr. Haller explains.  “And it’s probably very reasonable just to say ‘Look, I’m here.  I’m going to take care of you, I’m going to make sure you’re taken care of’.  And that may be all they need.”

For older kids, Dr. Haller suggests trying to empower them by putting them in charge of coming up with a safety plan for your family the next time a storm strikes.



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