Maintain predictable household routines and appropriate rules for your family and child.
Spend extra time with your child in a way he or she feels supported.
Provide comfort for your child through increased attention, extra hugs, nightlights, and favorite security objects such as stuffed animals or blankets.
Be aware of possible situations that may trigger memories of the trauma. Careful screening of TV programs, movies, and adult conversations will keep a child from being overwhelmed by feelings and memories of the trauma.
Take care of yourself. When children are affected by a stressful event, the adults in their lives are impacted too. Allow opportunities to relax, exercise, sleep and eat well.
Seek the support of your trusted friends, family, and a professional for yourself, your child and other family members impacted by the event.