“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.
It is typical for kids to have worries and to ask their parents questions about those worries. For example, it is not uncommon for a child to worry about a natural disaster befalling their town after learning about one on the news. It’s also typical and appropriate for a child to then ask their parents about the likelihood of a similar disaster occurring in their own hometown. However, some children are not satisfied by having their question answered once or twice.
Managing Stress &
Anxiety in Kids:
A Resource Guide
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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