According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, during the coronavirus pandemic, the proportion of pediatric visits related to mental health is rising.
CDC data found that compared with the same period in 2019, the number of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 12 to 17 from March to October increased by 31%. 5 and 11 years old.
The increase is because the time spent attending classes in person has been greatly reduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which limits the interaction of children with peers and teachers. In addition, physical activities and extracurricular activities have been restricted or cancelled. This situation may isolate children at home and cause anxiety, depression, lack of sleep and poor eating habits.
CDC analyzed data from hospitals in 47 states, which accounted for approximately 75% of the number of emergency room visits nationwide. From March to October 201
From the same March to October in 2019, the average weekly number of visits to the pediatric emergency room was 262,714 and the number of visits related to mental health was 3,078. However, during the comparable period in 2020, the analysis found that there were an average of 149,055 visits per week, including 2,481 visits related to mental health.
Researchers pointed out that reduced access to institutions such as schools and community clinics may make parents and children increasingly dependent on emergency rooms to provide these services.
“As the community adjusts mitigation strategies, it will be important to ensure that children in face-to-face emergency room visits can access and obtain appropriate mental health services for development. The analysis pointed out that the implementation of technology-based tele-mental health services and prevention activities will enhance children’s health response capabilities and Resilience may effectively support their well-being.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports efforts to promote the emotional well-being of children and families, and provide families with appropriate developmental resources to reduce the stressors that may lead to children’s mental health-related emergency department visits.”
The CDC also pointed out that the number of emergency room visits for girls is higher than that for boys.