Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More on ages and stages and dealing with death: Birth to 3

Newborn to 3 years old:
Even the youngest of children sense when their family routine is disrupted and those around them experience emotional upset. However, infants and toddlers have little understanding of death. The best thing to do is even at this age to deal with death as being a part of life. Plants die, pets die, etc. This is the beginning of dealing with it.

How are children likely to react to the stress going on around them?
  • You might see changes in sleeping, eating and mood.

How can you help?
  • Keep routines and physical setting as familiar as possible.
  • Provide constant nurturing. If a parent is too distraught, seek a caring adult substitute.

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