Does My Child Have Anxiety?
By Southwest Children's Clinic
September 19, 2022
Tags: Anxiety  

Be able to recognize the telltale signs of anxiety in your child.

A little bit of anxiety is normal, even in children. Maybe your child has a big test or is about to start school. Feeling nervous in these moments is entirely normal; however, when anxiety or worry impacts their daily routine and quality of life, it’s time to talk to our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians to find out if your child could be dealing with it an anxiety disorder. This can be particularly helpful for parents of young children who may not be able to express how they are feeling. This information can help you spot the signs early.

The Physical Warning Signs of Anxiety

A child with anxiety is often easily distracted, restless and fidgety. Parents may assume their child has ADHD, but it could be anxiety. Kids with anxiety may complain about recurring stomachaches or headaches with no known cause. They may also frequently end up in the nurse's office with unexplained aches and pains. Kids with anxiety may sweat, shake or look tense. They may also avoid eating lunch or snacks at school.

The Behavioral Warning Signs

Kids with anxiety may try to get out of going to school. They may often be silent or avoid joining in with others at recess or lunch. They are also prone to temper tantrums and meltdowns. They often seek approval and need constant reassurance from family members. They may also ask many “what if?” questions such as “What would happen if someone broke into the house?”

The Emotional Warning Signs

A child with anxiety is often seen as extremely sensitive. They may become suddenly angry and irritable, or they may cry frequently. They may also show worry or concern for the future or have nightmares or panic attacks.

Suspect that Your Child Might Have Anxiety?

Being able to spot the signs of anxiety in your child is important, as that means you can turn to our West Jordan, UT, team right away to discuss your concerns. We will first want to find what’s causing their anxiety and then provide recommendations based on the root cause. If we think your child could benefit from turning to a mental health professional, we can also provide a referral.

Are you worried that your child might have anxiety? If so, our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians are here to help. To schedule an evaluation, call Southwest Children's Clinic at (801) 563-1975.