Natural disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced the trauma or has seen the event on television or heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur.
Children respond to trauma in many different ways. Some may have reactions very soon after the trauma; others may seem to be doing fine for weeks or months, but begin to show worrisome behavior later. Knowing the signs that are common at different ages can help parents recognize potential problems and respond appropriately.