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Fourth of July weekend is all about celebrating Independence Day with delicious barbecues and of course, fireworks. There’s no doubt you’ll be hearing the thunderous “booms” and crackling sounds of firecrackers around your neighborhood before, during and after the holiday.
Even though fireworks are quite the spectacle and draw large crowds, not everyone may feel comfortable. For young children or pets, the loud noises of fireworks can cause sensory overload and confusion. They can also cause anxiety, panic attacks, and fear.
To help children understand fireworks and take the fear out of the activity, Jennifer Schott, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, shares tips you can use to help kids cope with the stress:
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