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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.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
May 16, 2022
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Anxiety  

Be able to spot the warning signs of anxiety in your child.

Anxiety is undoubtedly on the rise, not just for adults but for children. The pandemic has certainly left kids feeling uncertain and worried about the future. It’s important to pick up on the signs that your child might have anxiety so you can talk with their pediatrician about tips and strategies to help them better cope with the issues they’re facing.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

Children with anxiety may display these behaviors or motions,

  • Avoidance
  • Anger and aggression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Unexplained physical symptoms such as stomachaches
  • Nail-biting and other “nervous habits”
  • Bedwetting
  • Appetite changes
  • Insomnia
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Issues focusing or concentrating

How Can I Help My Child?

It’s important to figure out the type of anxiety your child is dealing with to help them cope with these emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. There are certain habits you can start adopting now that can help your child better deal with their anxiety symptoms,

  • Don’t try to reason with your child when they are panicked or anxiety
  • Help them take deep belly breathes to help stabilize their sympathetic nervous system
  • Validate your child’s fears and listen to them; never dismiss them or tell them to “buck up”
  • Don’t avoid the fear, which can often make it worse, but help your child face the fear with baby steps (talk to your child’s pediatrician about the best ways to do this)

These are some helpful tips to get parents started when they notice their child’s “worry brain” taking over. Of course, if you suspect that they could have a true anxiety disorder, it’s important to speak with your pediatrician right away.

How Are Childhood Anxiety Disorders Treated?

In most cases, your pediatrician will provide a referral to a psychotherapist that works with children. The first appointment, or intake session, will allow the therapist to get to know your child and determine if they have an anxiety disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy tends to be the ideal treatment option to help children talk through their fears and discover effective coping strategies to help them face and overcome their fears. Sometimes medications are prescribed in conjunction with therapy and lifestyle changes.

Worried that your child might have an anxiety disorder? If so, this is the ideal time to speak with their pediatrician to find out if they could benefit from additional diagnostic testing or talking to a mental health professional who works with children. A pediatrician can provide resources, support, and referrals.