August 10, 2021
The latest seismic movements have left many children with some fear of a possible aftershock: what can we do as parents to teach our children how to act in case of an earthquake? “Children see home as a place of refuge and tranquility, and when forced to leave it they are terrified and afraid. It is important that as a family they are prepared in advance ”, highlights Dr. Mary Castro, psychologist at our clinic
Before the earthquake
Explain to them that sometimes the earth shakes, causing houses, buildings, etc. to move, and that we have to move to a place where there are no objects that can fall on us and hurt us. Remind them, too, that since it is unexpected, it will surprise us without warning and perhaps we will have new sensations
During the earthquake
It is necessary to communicate in a calm but firm tone that they must evacuate. If you notice that your child is agitated, help him/her breathe slowly. Sometimes singing can distract the child and prevent him/her from seeing the reactions of others.
After the earthquake
The child’s perception is not the same as that of an adult, so it is necessary to speak and tell what he/she saw and felt. This will help us clarify the situation and understand the emotions that he/she presented, reminding him/her that they are all valid and normal. Also:
Remember, it is also important to devise an evacuation plan and have emergency backpacks ready with all the supplies that are required in case of any aftershocks.
Dr. Mary Castro
Psychologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma