How do you explain a global pandemic to a two-year-old?
It's a question Albury Wodonga Health clinicians have answered for many parents this year.
And on World Children's Day, a podcast will help families understand the impacts of COVID-19.
Senior psychologist and infant mental health co-ordinator Connie Cudini and occupational therapist Louise Scheidl discuss child development and early prevention in the episode.
Ms Scheidl, also a health promotions officer, said AWH's well-being and resilience podcast series helped raise the profile of child and adolescent mental health.
"It's like anything that's complex [explaining COVID-19] - as a parent, we try to drill it down to the essential of what's going to impact the little one," she said.
"It's about acknowledging things could be a bit scary, but reminding them of the safety around them.
"Generally speaking, people really don't ever consider little babies as having mental health.
"They way they express themselves is through their behaviour.
"That's where we may be able to help parents understand what might be causing certain behaviours.
"If they notice changes ... it is worth going to talk to their maternal child nurse or their doctor."
The pandemic resulted in a drop in referrals of children and adolescents for support, with schools being closed, but Ms Cudini said demand had grown.
"Anecdotally, I suspect we are the busiest we've been in a long time," she said.
"We have a lot of kids who have been quite isolated from their normal day-to-do preschools and kindergartens.
"It's about raising parents' awareness that their little people have such a rich emotional world.
"They can have anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
"Any kind of early intervention is a fantastic way of supporting your kids."
Ms Cudini said for some families, COVID-19 had been positive.
"[Some are] suddenly in the position to perhaps be with one another for the first time in a long time," she said.
"For some families that's great, and it was easy and pleasant to do ... but for some families it increased stress."
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Evelyn McDiarmid, herself a psychiatrist with Albury Wodonga Health and mum to six-week-old Noah, said it was important to remember that kids pick up on things.
"If we're really stressed about something, or we're constantly watching the news, kids are acutely aware of that," she said.
"Being able to monitor and look after our own emotions is really important too."
Find the podcast on Albury Wodonga Health's website.