Impact of the pandemic: care for the mental health of children – Saúde

Impact of the pandemic: care for the mental health of children – Saúde

Dr. Thanguy and Patricia Friço
Dr. Thanguy and Patricia Friço say it is important for children to understand their emotions
(photo: Livia Batistine Friço / Disclosure)

Parents are always concerned about the health of their children. When they are small children, then every cough triggers a warning signal and sends them to run to the ambulance. But just as important as noticing the slightest physical change in children is keeping their eyes open for their mental health. “Emotionally healthy children are not the ones who don’t cry, nor are they frustrated or irritated, but the ones who are constantly improving their understanding of their own emotions,” explain Dr. Thanguy and Patricia Friço.

The pandemic has brought new reflections in this context. A whirlwind of feelings comes to the surface and children have to deal with them. At this point, according to doctors, it is worth emphasizing the concept of emotional intelligence – the ability to recognize their own feelings, understand others and know how to deal with them. “When children have improved emotional intelligence, they find the calmness and prudence necessary for their cognitive functions to function fully,” they say.

Patricia points out that difficulty in life with her emotions can cause problems, not only emotional, but also physical, and urges parents to pay attention to signs that may indicate a certain degree of imbalance. She cites examples such as problems concentrating on daily tasks, increased irritability, lack of control, insomnia, gastritis, headaches and muscle aches, and depression.

The doctor warns parents to look for signs that their children are experiencing anxiety. “According to a survey conducted by Professor Fernando Asbahr of the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine (USP), about 10% of children and adolescents already suffer from anxiety,” he says. In other words, anxiety in this period of life is already a reality, which can become a serious problem if not controlled, because it hinders development and complicates simple daily tasks. And that is what happened a lot with the pandemic.


In addition to dialogue, Thanguy suggests that you try to find activities that help alleviate your children’s symptoms. According to the doctor, engaging in physical activity is a good ally at the moment, because it releases the hormone endorphin, which is very important in the fight against anxiety. Another key thing is to ensure that the child has a balanced diet. “This is necessary to reduce the likelihood of eating disorders that are associated with typical emotional problems in childhood,” he says.
Roberta Lessa Rossi and Gotardo Gomez, with daughters Sarah, Luis and Bella
Lawyers Robert Lessa Rossi and Gotardo Gomes, along with their daughters Sarah and Louise, had to deal with the birth of Bela in the middle of a pandemic. (photo: Lorena Alves / Disclosure)

“They went back to school, doing gymnastics, wasting energy. Fear subsided. They saw that the disease was under control.”

Roberta Lessa Rossi lawyer

Pleasant and healthy life

A couple of doctors emphasize the importance of monitoring and resolving these problems within the family. They claim that the first social interactions that are important for a person’s physical, cognitive and emotional development take place at home. “That is why it is necessary for all family members to be involved and to take care of living in a pleasant and healthy way,” they claim.

They remember that parents are the main examples of health and emotional control for their children. The child certainly observes the way he deals with his feelings, in order to cope with his own.

That’s why you’re looking for healthy ways to cope and express what you feel. It’s also important for your child to see how you get out of situations where stress pushes you to the limit, as well as to show your children that they can keep control of stress. it will always be present with them. At this stage there is a sea of ​​mixed emotions, so children need to have parents who are emotionally stable, “they point out.

Although it seems that the pandemic is more controlled, in the opinion of doctors, that could be a mistake. Epidemics are likely to continue to occur in waves, even with mass vaccination of the population. “Parents and educators will have to learn to live with the new reality, but also with the forms of communication of new generations, to give the necessary support to their children to face this new moment.”


When approaching the topic of the pandemic, Thanguy and Patricia continue, it is necessary to direct children to the need to maintain health in order to more adequately cope with this and all other diseases that may occur. “If we manage to control the four links of health (healthy diet, daily and regular physical activity, restoring sleep and emotional control), we will be much more ready to face every challenge that comes our way. diseases that can occur, because they build my health on solid foundations “, they claim.


The family of lawyers Roberta Lesse Rossi (40) and Gotthard Gomes (42) grew up in the middle of a pandemic. Daughters Sarah, 11, and Luísa, 7, have just had a little sister, little Bella, one year and five months old.

But going through pregnancy amidst all the problems with the corona virus was not so easy. Roberta says the girls were afraid that something might happen to the baby and the parents themselves. Isolated from everything, the family found itself confined to the space of the house; the girls were deprived of a close relationship with their maternal grandparents, with all the fear of the disease itself, especially when following the news.

They were afraid to get out of the house, get in the elevator and get infected. Luísa, sentimental, was scared, scared. When her father went to work, she would cry for fear that he would get sick. Sarah, always excited. and full of energy, stuck at home, she ended up feeling stressed, nervous, irritated, ”says Roberta.

Shortly after Bella’s birth, the entire family became infected with COVID-19. The youngest had a fever for 24 hours, Sarah and Luísa had mild symptoms, such as runny nose, Roberta and her husband got a little worse, but hospitalization was not necessary.

Finally, the experience calmed them down, realizing that the disease did not manifest itself in such a serious way. Gradually, life returns to the right path. “They went back to school, did gymnastics, wasted energy. The fear subsided. They saw that the disease was under control, that everything would be ok, that everyone would be fine,” says Roberta.

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