Monday, December 21, 2020 (HealthDay News)
During the pandemic, the lives of many families changed, which caused a lot of concern for their parents.
According to a new national survey, parents’ biggest concerns about their children include abuse of social media and time spent, internet safety, depression, suicide, unhealthy eating, and lack of physical activity. Overall, they ranked COVID-19 at number 10 on the list of concerns.
These concerns vary by race and ethnicity. Black parents ranked racism as their primary concern and COVID-19 as their second concern, but racism did not reach the top 10 for white families. This was the sixth major concern for Hispanic parents who ranked COVID-19 in 8th place.
CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan received responses from more than 2,000 parents with children under the age of 18.
“This is a particularly difficult time for families, and many children can experience significant changes in their daily lives, which can adversely affect their health and well-being,” said Mottpole’s co-director and pediatrician. Dr. Gay Leaf Reed said. “Parents’ greatest concern about young people seems to be related to lifestyle changes as a result of a pandemic. COVID-19 has upset our children and teenage world in different ways. This is reflected in the way parents assess health problems. In 2020. “
According to Fried, the difference in priority is likely due to the disproportionate impact of the US COVID-19 on the black and Hispanic communities. Systematic racism is also a national focus.
Black parents were the only group to rate gun injuries and unequal access to health care as top 10 concerns. Caucasian parents were the only group to rank the lack of physical activity in the top 10.
“Family backgrounds and experiences are likely to shape the most pressing health concerns for American children today,” Fried said in a poll news release.
Studies have shown that children subject to racism have a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems. According to Fried, it is worth finding a way for young people to safely participate in protests, support groups and engage in activities aimed at combating racism.
“Racism has a direct impact on certain populations, but the impact on children’s health is a social concern,” Fried said. “It is important for parents to be aware of the detrimental consequences of racism for the children of our community.”
Fried analyzed some of the parents’ other concerns and said they could rest assured that their children wouldn’t have to worry about how long they would use the technology and could focus on how to use it. Technology can be an important means of maintaining social and family ties, he said. It is important to set clear basic rules and boundaries about when and how your child can use the device, and to be aware of cyberbullying and online abuse.
Freed encourages children to talk about their feelings and find healthy coping strategies to avoid adverse physical and emotional health consequences. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is also important.
Mott experts also recommend deliberately “unplugged” time to spend time with the family and go out every day, even on active walks.
According to Fried, parents need to be aware of warning signs that their children need to help them manage their emotions, such as hurting themselves and commenting on dramatic changes in mood, appetite, and sleep. Contact your pediatrician and consider getting the help of a therapist. Children who have lost their families with COVID-19 may need more attention and mental health services to deal with their loss.
For more information
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips on how to keep your child healthy during a pandemic.
Source: University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, News Release, December 21, 2020
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