Home confinement has negative effects on children physical and mental health.
Strategies to maintain a regular schedule and access to psychiatrists should be provided to patients.
Pediatricians should review red flags of psychiatric disorders in order to quickly identify and refer children with mental health problems due to isolation.
This information comes from two articles published in The Lancet and The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. It was written by pediatricians from China, based on events seen in this epidemic and previous epidemics. It explains strategies used to prevent mental health problems secondary to isolation.
- Wang, G., Zhang, Y., Zhao, J., Zhang, J., & Jiang, F. (March 21 2020). Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak. Lancet (London, England), 395 https://doi-org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30547-X
- Liu, Jia Jia et al. (March 27 2020). Mental health considerations for children quarantined because of COVID-19. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30096-1