Long-term effects of the pandemic on children's well-being and what we can do about itDr. Gali Stoffman, MD (IL)
According to Unicef and WHO data, at the time of writing, some 16 billion children below the age of 20, have been ill with COVID-19, but many many more were affected by the pandemic, worldwide.
Ever since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, at the beginning of 2020, there have been numerous reports and research papers describing the vast array of impacts of the epidemic on children and adolescents.
The pandemic has affected childrens' lives, of all ages, and in all countries in various ways:
Separation from primary caregivers due to illness, lockdown or death; family financial insecurity; inadequate access for learning, physical activity and play due to closure of community and school facilities, park and playgrounds; excessive screen-time and exposure to social media, linked with disruption of daily routines and sleep; loneliness due to a decrease in peer relationships and communication, due to physical distancing, masks and lockdowns, and many more.
All these have significantly affected childrens' physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Reports from all over the world describe a rise in various conditions in children, including: sleep disturbances, abdominal pain disorder, developmental cognitive, social and motor delays, ADHD, mental health disorders, eye linked disorders such as nearsightedness (myopia), long-COVID symptoms and more.
In the coming seminar, we will observe the complex impacts of the Corona epidemic on the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of children and toddlers. We will examine these effects in Chinese Medicine and Five Element Theory context, and discuss the various patterns involved. Finally, we will discuss, at length, methods for promoting healing and recovery, using simple and easy to use modes of treatment, such as - acupuncture, nutrition, guided imagery, Bach remedies and essential oils.
Hope to see you in my class!
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