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Plunket advice: reassuring kids following latest earthquake

22 February 2011

Plunket advice on reassuring kids following latest earthquake

Plunket says that many children may be left feeling unsure, anxious or scared after the latest earthquake in Christchurch and encourages parents to be patient and reassuring with children, who may have questions about the events.

Some families might be unable to return to their home or might have other people staying with them, and routines for children may therefore be disrupted. Children may be feeling afraid after many months of aftershocks so now, more than ever, the most important thing is to ensure children are safe and feeling loved and reassured – extra cuddles recommended for everyone!

PlunketLine is anticipating a higher number of calls than normal following the latest earthquake, so call waiting times may be a little longer than usual. If you urgently need advice from Plunket please call PlunketLine on 0800 933 922, or if your baby is unwell please call HealthLine on 0800 611 116.

Plunket is currently assessing damage to Plunket premises in the Canterbury region and will advise on the availability of Plunket services as soon as possible.
Police advise that people who have evacuated their homes or buildings should report to their nearest Civil Defence sector post - usually schools.
The latest information on Plunket services will be updated at www.plunket.org.nz or at www.facebook.com/plunketnz

For more information, including where to get help, please visit the Civil Defence website.

And if you are in the Canterbury region, remember to conserve water where possible and follow the safety measures listed on the Environment Canterbury website.

If you are unwell with a minor injury or illness and need medical assistance call your General Practice or nearest after hours surgery.

You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Please keep the Emergency Department for emergencies only. If you need an ambulance dial 111.

ENDS

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