When we feel stressed or tensed, we always desire to return to our childhoods when we don’t have demanding responsibilities to do. But what most of us don’t know, is that even very young children have worries and feel stress to some degree. Stress is considered to be an unavoidable part of life. A certain amount of stress is normal and necessary for survival as it helps children develop the skills they need to cope with new situations and build resilience. Childhood stress can be present in any setting that requires the child to adapt or change and it can present with a large number of physical and emotional signs and symptoms. Here are 4 signs your child is stressed:
1. Nightmares: Sleep-related fear is a common response to stressful or traumatic experiences. Telling your child stories about other kids with feelings just like theirs can help them feel better. It lets them know that you understand their feelings.
2. Bedwetting: According to KidsHealth.org, one of the symptoms of childhood stress is bedwetting, especially if it’s “sudden” and they don’t have a history of the problem. Children that are feeling insecure or have a lot on their minds may miss toileting cues. Although there are many other medical conditions that can cause bedwetting, it is always better to look for potential sources of stress. It’s best to reassure your child that you are not angry when he has an accident and to have a non-threatening conversation with your children about what’s bothering them.
3. Aggression: If you notice that your child starts reacting with physical aggression or verbal aggression, it may be a sign that he/she is under stress. Also, children tend to have difficulty completing tasks that require patience, when they are under stress. Generally, children don’t like to be aggressive, and it’s often the feeling of being overwhelmed that drives the behavior. When you child starts doing any aggressive action, it is important not to lash out at him, as this will make him more aggressive. Try to talk with him in a friendly way or consult an expert if your conversation didn’t have an effective result.
4. Physical Symptoms: As chronic stress can have negative physical impacts on you, it is the same case for your children. They may start complaining about certain illnesses out of the blue, and if they persist you definitely shouldn’t ignore them.
These physical signs of stress include headaches, chest pain, tummy aches, anxiety, and fatigue, according to PsychCentral.com. Your doctor or pediatrician may be able to define these symptoms and trace them to their cause.