Kathie Lee & Hoda: How to Talk with Kids about Boston Marathon Bombing

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: 175 Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing

Kathie Lee and Hoda reported that 175 people have been injured by the Boston Marathon bombing and the number is expected to continue rising as the day wears on and people realize they should have gone to the hospital for an injury related to the bombing.

A reporter at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said there are patients currently in the operating room and two of the patients are listed as critical as well as two more suffering from limb threatening injuries. At another nearby hospital, the reporter said the youngest victim of the attacks is a three-year-old child.

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: How to Talk with Kids about Boston Marathon Bombing

Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with two experts about how parents should talk with their children about the Boston Marathon bombing and being safe in the future.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Martin Richard Killed In Boston Marathon Bombing

It has been confirmed that eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed by the blast. He is said to have been standing with his mother and two siblings waiting for their father to cross the finish line when the bomb exploded. Both his mother and sister are in the hospital receiving treatment for their wounds.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Protect Your Family

Many parents are wondering what they are going to say to their child when they ask them about this tragedy, and Jennifer Hartstein said the right thing to do is tell them what happened. She said no matter how well you shield your child from the images of the bombing, they are going to see them. It is best to talk with the child about what happened and keep reassuring them they are going to be safe.

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She said the less you tell smaller children the better, but they still need to know what happened. As for older children, she said they are going to continue asking questions and it is your job to answer those questions as best you can for your children.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Protect Yourself At All Times From a Terrorist Attack

Evy Poumpouras, a former Secret Service Agent, told Kathie Lee and Hoda it is possible to always protect yourself from a terrorist attack. When you go to a large gathering place it is best to stay away from windows and stay away from trashcans and mailboxes since terrorists can conceal bombs inside them.

Although Kathie Lee and Hoda thought it was wrong to always be living in fear and watching where you stand all the time, Poumpouras said it only takes a few minutes to assess a situation, a few minutes that could save your life. She continued by saying it is up to you to save your own life and the lives of loved ones. When there is only one cop for every 500 people, you don’t know if you will get help quickly or not.

She also advised against following the herd. If everyone is going out one door, maybe you should try another one. Always give yourself options and don’t assume because everyone else is doing something that it is safe.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Nightmares Of the Event For Couple Days Is Okay

Jennifer Hartstein said many children are going to have nightmares about the bombing, which is normal. She said it is best to open up with your child and talk to them about the events that happened and their feelings about the events. If the nightmares continue for longer than a few days, she suggested sending the child to see a therapist to help them figure out their feelings.

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