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Stress In Children – How To Help Your Child

Childhood stress can be present in any setting that requires the child to adapt or change. In today’s article we will discuss about Stress In Children – How To Help Your Child

Stress may be caused by positive changes, such as starting a new activity.

But most commonly it’s linked with negative changes such as illness or death in the family.

After all, kids don’t have jobs to keep or bills to pay, so what could they possibly have to worry about ?

Plenty! Even every young children have worries and feel stress to some degree.

SIGNS OF STRESS –

Signs of stress and anxiety in children often show up as physical or behavioral changes.

Children responds differently to stress depending upon their age, individual personality, and coping skills, which can cause many parents to overlook the underlying issues.

It’s important for parents to recognize their children’s stress.

Academic Pressures & High Stake Testing –

Our obsession with testing kids puts an enormous amount of pressure on children.

So please, next time keep it in your mind.

Bullying and Teasing –

One of the most common reason.

Get bully at school or teased by friends hurts kids most.

Because they think, they are losing self respect but actually they are not.

So next time, if you see your child very quiet or silent, try to talk to them and make them feel that everything wii be alright.

Not Enough Sleep –

Second most common reason.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 1/3 of parents say homework and after school activities get in the way of their child’s sleep.

Late night video games can push your child towards stress.

So next time, take care of this and be strict to some extinct.

Because after all this all is about your kids health.

Chronic Illness –

About 6.4 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.

It can make your child irritated.

Missing school and play activities for doctor’s appointment, side effect from treatment can be very stressful.

Parental Stress –

The family is a child’s Stress buffer.

But when a family struggles and can’t play that role , a child feels even more stress.

Just like we are asking parent’s to pay attention to the kids, parents also need to pay attention to themselves.

Family Disruption –

Family issues like parental illness, deployment or divorce can really stress out kids,

Faster Child Development

Stress In Children – How To Help Your Child ?

Over Stuffed Schedules –

I would say the level of activities kids have today is nothing like it used to be”.

Activities like sports or arts or music should help relieve stress, not add to it. You have to understand your child and watch for their cues.

Popularity –

Most common reason of stress in High School.

For younger grades – separation anxiety can be a common problem.

Cliques and the feeling of being excluded usually become an issue once kids enter grade school.

Spotting Stress: Signs To Watch Out For –

How can you tell if your child struggles with stress ?

You may think you’d know, but that’s not always the case.

Because stress and anxiety in children often goes unrecognized because it’s a quiet disorder.

Kids go inwards – they don’t act out in school, so they don’t get noticed because they are not disruptive.

Signs of Unresolved Stress In Children’s –

Behavioral or Emotional

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swing, aggression, short temper or clinginess.
  • Fear
  • Refusal to go to school
  • Getting into trouble in school
  • Hoarding items of seeming insignificance
  • Not able to relax
  • Doesn’t want to participate in family or school activities.

Physical

  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Stomach ache or headaches
  • Bed wetting
  • Nightmares
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Other physical symptoms with no physical illness

Stress In Children – How To Help Your Child ?

If you do spot the signs that stress is doing a number on your child, how can you make things better ?

Here are few tips from our Team of Child Psychologist & Pediatric from Life Care –

Keep Connected

Stress In Children's - How To Help Your Child

The greatest way to increase resilience in kids is to stay connected with them.

Make sure you have time everyday when you put your phones and your device away, and your’e talking to your kids and your kids are talking to you.

Take It Easy

Families are always running from one thing to another.

Make sure your kids get regular, unstructured time at home when they can play, rest, read or do whatever they want to.

Because it’s space where they can pick and choose, and it’s soothing, fun, and stress free. All kids need break.

Name Stress and Normalize It

Stress can make a child feel like their body is out of control.

All you need to do is, to explain them that this’s the body’s response when we are expecting something scary to happen.

And when they learn to recognize those signs, they can do things like deep breathing to slow the body’s stress reaction down.

Stick to healthy routine

Like good nutrition and regular bedtimes, no over night video games etc.

Take Care Of You

Get yourself in check emotionally before you take care of your kids.

When you ease your own stress, you boost your connection to your child.

Provide affection and encouragement.

NOTE

Seek the advice of healthcare practitioner, counselor , or therapist if the signs of stress do not lessen or if your child becomes more withdrawn, depressed, or more unhappy.

A Word from Us —

Anxiety and stress in all- too-common problem faced by children today.

When it comes to childhood anxiety, younger grade schoolers may not be fully understand or explain their own feelings.

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