Plunket advice: reassuring kids following latest earthquake
22 February 2011
Plunket advice on
reassuring kids following latest
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
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
Police advise that people who have evacuated
their homes or buildings should report to their nearest
Civil Defence sector post - usually schools.
information on Plunket services will be updated at www.plunket.org.nz or at www.facebook.com/plunketnz
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
If you are unwell with a minor injury
or illness and need medical assistance call your General
Practice or nearest after hours surgery.
also call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
the Emergency Department for emergencies only. If you need
an ambulance dial 111.
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