Covid-19 pandemic causes changes in Brazilian children's behavior
Brasilia, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The Covid-19 pandemic has caused changes in the behavior of children in Brazil, according to a survey in which nine out of 10 pediatricians warned about signs of anxiety and depression in minors.
Some 1,525 health professionals across the country were interviewed virtually between July 20 and August 16, among them, 951 were pediatrician and 574 were gynecologists and obstetricians.
The investigation conducted by the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics (SBP, from Brazilian language) revealed that there were mood swings in those children, who became less active and more melancholic and withdrawn.
The 75% of those physicians said that these are the most frequent complaints. Then anxiety, irritability, depression, agitation, insomnia, sadness, aggressiveness, increased appetite, among others, were detected.
For the SBP, some aspects, such as daily routine, lack of school and coexistence with colleagues, and the need for social lockdown measures imposed by the pandemic, explain the changes in mood.
Domestic violence is another factor that also worries professionals.
Along with the United States and India, Brazil is among the hardest-hit countries by Covid-19 globally. So far, the country has reported 141,741 deaths and 4,732,309 cases due to disease.
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