COVID's Silver Lining: Fewer Preemies, SIDS, Early Childhood Mortality, Illness, and Anxiety Among Pediatric Patients

The positive side effects, or silver linings, of COVID distancing are fascinating — exponentially less SIDS cases, far less premature births, statistically significant fewer neonatal and early childhood deaths, physicians specializing in childhood anxiety reporting nearly 100% of pediatric patients seen with clinical anxiety have shown dramatic improvement - most to the point that they wouldn’t even be classified as having anxiety any longer... Entire practices seeing virtually no illness of other kinds among pediatric patients either.

Maybe ...maybe... there is something to be said for keeping parents and babies and children together, for not pressuring and rushing birth, for not pathologizing pregnancy, for allowing children (and new/expecting moms) the ability to get enough sleep, to cocoon together at home (not always, but sometimes), and to not be rushed around to this or that event/class/early appointment/daycare/7am school, 3pm after-school... among *other* things... 💞 Maybe.

There are so many nations that don’t have the SIDS and childhood anxiety and birth morbidity neonatal mortality that the U.S. has... maybe we are catching a tiny glimpse into why this is.

• During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies?

• Lessons from the Lockdown—Why Are So Many Fewer Children Dying?

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