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Therapists who treat childhood trauma said on Friday that parents talking to their children about the mass shooting should address the news directly and soon.
Children sense the anxiety and tension in adults around them. And, like adults, children experience the same feelings of helplessness and lack of control that disasters or crisis can bring about.
Unlike adults, children have little experience to help them place their current problems into perspective.
Each child responds differently to disasters, but it’s easy to see how an event can create a great deal of anxiety in children of all ages because they will interpret the disaster as a personal danger to themselves and those they care about.
Whatever the child’s age or relationship to the damage caused by disaster or crisis, it’s important that you be open about the consequences for your family, and that you encourage him or her to talk about it.
For more information
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/cp/tragedy.asp
National Association of School Psychologists: http://www.nasponline.org/
Talking with kids about what’s on the news: http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/From The New York Times: Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting - http://nyti.ms/Wcgf9S
Behavioral Health Bureau's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/montereycountybehavioralhealthbureau
From the Children's Mental Health Network
A brief listing of excellent resources you can use to help in your efforts to talk with youth and families about the shooting that took place in Connecticut on Friday. Special thanks to the following people for rallying quickly and consulting with experts to identify a few key resources
The Children's Mental Health Network wishes to express gratitude to Alfredo Aguirre, Director of Mental Health Services, San Diego County & Network Advisory Council Member, Wayne Lindstrom, President & CEO, Mental Health America, and Robert Abramovitz, Co-Director National Center for Social Work, Trauma Education and Workforce Development, Hunter College.
Serious adverse events from accidental ingestion by children of over-the-counter eye drops and nasal sprays
[10-25-2012] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that accidental ingestion (swallowing) by children of over-the-counter (OTC; available without a prescription) eye drops used to relieve redness and nasal decongestant sprays can result in serious harm. The eye drops and nasal sprays that have been involved in the cases of accidental ingestion contain the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline. These products are sold under various brand names, as generics, and as store brands (see List of Products below).
Facts about OTC redness-relief eye drops and nasal decongestant sprays
The cases of accidental ingestion reviewed by FDA occurred in children 5 years of age and younger (see Data Summary below). No deaths were reported; however, serious events requiring hospitalization such as coma, decreased heart rate, decreased breathing, and sedation (sleepiness) have occurred. Ingestion of only a small amount (1-2 mL; for reference, there are 5 mL in a teaspoon) of the eye drops or nasal spray can lead to serious adverse events in young children. Most of these redness-relief eye drops and nasal decongestant sprays currently do not come packaged with child-resistant closures, so children can accidentally ingest the drug if the bottles are within easy reach.
Consumers should store these products out of reach of children at all times. If a child accidentally swallows these eye drops or nasal decongestant spray, call the toll-free Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) and seek emergency medical care immediately.
To protect young children from ingesting these products, earlier this year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a proposed rule1* requiring child-resistant packaging for redness-relief eye drops and nasal decongestant sprays.
*The proposed rule also covers products that contain xylometazoline; however products containing xylometazoline are not currently marketed.
Additional Information for Consumers and Parents/Caregivers