Focus On: Quarantine and Regression in Children

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Dr. Navjot Khinda, Psychiatric Director of High Focus Centers in Paramus, New Jersey, discusses the effects that quarantine can have on children’s behavior.  A child – of any age – may be experiencing regression if you notice sudden changes in their behavior.  Temper tantrums, defiance, or avoiding responsibility are all signs that a child could be struggling with stress or anxiety.

Children are very sensitive to changes in their environment.  Especially now, as we are practicing social distancing and quarantine, children’s schedules have been significantly disrupted. This can lead to increased feelings of helplessness and anxiety.

Learn how to reduce stress for your child through structured daily habits, diet, play and exercise.  These activities can help them manage and express their feelings, and help them return to normal behavior.