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What All Parents Should Know about Swine Flu
Date:5/1/2009

Tips for parents on talking to children about swine flu

CHICAGO, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the concern over swine flu (H1N1) grows in school districts and communities across the country and around the world, children and families can become anxious. Parents may be looking for help on how to talk to their children and may not know how or when to communicate with the school.

That's why the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), National Association of School Nurses, and the National Association of School Psychologists joined together to provide parents with information they may need about swine flu and tips for talking to their children about the situation.

Although it's important to be cautious and vigilant, it's equally important not to panic. When talking to children, the key is to provide prevention information without causing alarm. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help prevent and reduce any anxiety.

Below are 10 tips on talking to children about swine flu:

  • Remain calm and reassuring. Your children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • Make yourself available. Your children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns and questions. Make time for them.
  • Know the symptoms of swine flu and how it spreads. Symptoms of swine flu include fever, sore throat, and cough, among others.
  • Review basic hygiene practices. Encourage children to practice every day good hygiene by washing their hands, by covering their mouths with a tissue when they sneeze or cough, and by not sharing food or drinks.
  • Be honest and accurate. In the absence of factual information, c
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