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How COVID Has Affected Kids in School, Social Life, and Behaviorally

Here are some helpful tips to help your family and your child through the pandemic.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two years since the Covid-19 pandemic begin. From parents being out of work to kids having to go to virtual school to the loss of loved ones, we’ve experienced some immense and unprecedented challenges. We have to recognize the toll that Covid-19 has had on our children and teens. If your child is dealing with mental health problems or behavioral issues, Dr. Alison Smoller at Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey in Ocean, NJ, and serving Monmouth County, NJ can help your family through this pandemic.

Recognizing Stress and Mental Health Problems in Kids and Teens

Children and teenagers display mental health issues and stress in different ways, so it isn’t always easy to spot. It could look as if your child or teenager has regressed in terms of milestones and skills. With young children, you may also notice,

  • Increased irritability and fussiness
  • Clinging more or being needy
  • Digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or stomach discomfort
  • Increased anxiety
  • Biting, hitting or throwing tantrums
  • Bedwetting
  • Aggressiveness

Older kids and teens may also display these signs of stress or mental health issues,

  • Mood changes such as increased conflicts, hopelessness or anger
  • Behavioral changes such as isolating themselves or not texting their friends
  • A loss of interest in activities and hobbies they usually love
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time
  • Changes in appetite
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Avoiding schoolwork
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Risky behaviors such as recreational drug or alcohol use

How We Can Help

It’s important to be in contact with our Monmouth County, NJ, developmental pediatrician and to make sure that your child is still coming in regularly for checkups and appointments. If you ever have any concerns about your child’s behaviors or mood changes, it’s important to call our practice to discuss them with our team. We can screen for depression and provide recommendations that the whole family can follow to help their child or teen cope with stress, depression or mental health challenges. We can provide support for your child and tackle these challenges together. You aren’t alone; let our team provide the care, support and reassurance you and your whole family deserves.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s social life, behaviors or academic performance, our developmental pediatrician Dr. Smoller is here for you and your family. To schedule an appointment with our team, call Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey in Ocean, NJ, serving Monmouth County, NJ and patients from all over the state of New Jersey including Pennsylvania. Call (732) 660-0220.


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