Bedtime is a trigger for many kids. Unlike the rest of the day, bedtime is a time in which children are expected to be alone. In addition, bedtime is often when children slow down and tune into themselves and reflect on their day; as a result, this may be when they express concerns and worries or exhibit separation anxiety. Fears about going to bed, worries that seem only to appear at bedtime, attempts to sleep with parents, and pleas for a parent to stay until they fall asleep are common.
“Mommy, I have a tummy ache.” It’s a sentence every parent will hear from their child sooner or later. Usually, with simple home care and rest, the tummy ache will quickly pass. But in some cases, stomachaches and other symptoms–such as frequent headaches, recurring nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, sweats and flushing–keep returning. Physical causes, from bacteria to viruses to food allergies or even lactose intolerance, are often the trigger. However, if the pediatrician has performed a thorough exam and found a child in good health, it’s possible that underlying anxiety is setting off the complaints.
There’s something surprisingly calming about working a lump of clay with your hands. In honor of National Play-Doh Day, September 16, we thought we’d show you how modeling clay and other items in a self-soothing kit can help calm an anxious or upset child.
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Anxiety in Kids:
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Anxiety disorders affect up to 15 percent of children at some point during their formative years.
On this site, The American Psychological Association and Magination Press provide practical information and useful tools for parents, educators, and other caregivers confronting these issues. Here you’ll find resources recommended by the experts at APA, including a catalog of books published by Magination Press that address stress and anxiety in a kid-friendly manner.
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