Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children who experience a tragic event may show changes in their behaviors. They may also be indirectly affected by a crisis by what they see on the TV or hear. The most important role you can play as a parent in an emergency situation is to stay calm. Children of all ages easily pick up on their parents or other’s fears and anxieties. This may cause changes in behaviors. Children, no matter what their age, do not always have the words to tell you how they are feeling. They may not know how to talk about what has happened. Their behavior can be a better sign. Sudden changes in behavior can mean they have been exposed to trauma or a crisis.
Check out this article from the National Center On Early Childhood Health and Wellness to learn more.