Signs to look for that indicate your child may be stressed

Signs to look for that indicate your child may be stressed

Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for are listed below.

Table of Contents:

  1. Signs in Preschool-Age Children
  2. Signs in School-Age Children
  3. Signs in Adolescents
  4. Additional Information and References

Keywords: Stress, Abnormal behaviour, Depression, Anxiety, Changes

1. Signs in Preschool-Age Children1-2

  • Bad dreams
  • Speech difficulties
  • Regression in previously outgrown behaviours (i.e. toileting accidents, bedwetting)
  • Changes in appetite
  • Increase in temper tantrums, excessive of crying, whining, or clinging behaviours

2. School-Age (6-12yrs)1-2

  • Increased irritability, whining, aggressive or clinging behaviours
  • Nightmares
  • Sleep or appetite disturbances
  • Physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches)
  • Withdrawing from peers
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

3. Adolescent (13-18yrs)1-2

  • Physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches)
  • Sleep or appetite disturbances
  • Decreased energy
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviour
  • Ignoring health promotion behaviours
  • Isolating from peers and loved ones
  • Avoiding school or poor school performance
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

4. Additional Information and References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stress and Coping.
  2. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Disclaimer: The information regarding COVID-19 is changing constantly as more data become available. The information provided in this website is not meant to replace diabetes healthcare team or public health agencies recommendations, and is intended for information purposes only. Please check with your healthcare providers for any deviations from your care plans.

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