Children can have both a physical and emotional response to events that threaten the life or physical integrity of themselves or people important to them. This may overwhelm the child’s capacity to cope and they may elicit feelings of terror, powerlessness and out of control physical arousal.
To help a child through a first aid trauma;
- be aware of the child’s responses to the trauma
- recognise emotional times as an opportunity for intimacy and teaching
- listen emphatically and validate the child’s feelings
- help the child to verbally label emotions which will help to soothe the nervous system and recovery rate
- set limits while helping the child to problem solve