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Extreme “clinginess” or attachment is instinctual for anxious toddlers. This may be especially common not just during times of major changes in your family, but it can also happen as you try to help your tot through a milestone transition, such as giving up the bottle. Signs of Anxiety in Toddlers According to child and family therapist Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, “Anxiety often presents itself as emotional or behavioral symptoms in childhood.” For. The following signs may suggest that your toddler is feeling stressed: Change in regular sleep and eating habits Change in emotions (showing signs of being sad, clingy, withdrawn, or angry).
From my research, there are specific telltale signs that your tot is feeling more anxious than they ought to. Frightened Kiddos. While it can be pretty normal for kids to go through phases where they’re afraid of things like bugs, the dark, or even disappearing down the tub drainthose phobias can also be a sign of anxiety.
Sleep Issues. Symptoms of serious stress can be both behavioral and physical. In little kids, panic often erupts into tantrums.
Older kids may act out, using aggressiveness as a way to cover up a fear of being judged by classmates. Physical symptoms can include restlessness, fatigue, back pain, sweating, and — most commonly — headand stomachaches. A child with anxiety may be internally experiencing fear of being called on or criticized.
Anxiety and ADHD, at times, often look very much like each other, and it takes a discerning eye to figure out which one it is. And, to complicate things further, sometimes there can be a little bit of both. Does my child have Selective Mutism?
Anxiety is a normal part of your child’s behavioral and emotional development. Toddlers often get uneasy when separated from their parents or introduced to strangers. Fears of the dark, the toilet, animals, and loud noises (such as fireworks or thunderstorms) are all common, even signs that your toddler’s development is on track. In Parenting Your Stressed Child, Bailey explains that stress may be subtle. For instance, a child who used to sleep soundly may now wake up in the middle of the night, she writes.
Physical Signs of Anxiety Often complains of headaches or stomachaches, even though there’s no medical reason for them Refuses to eat snacks or lunch at daycare or school Won’t use bathrooms except at home. You may find that your child asks the same questions repeatedly and needs constant reassurance about a fear, but doesn’t find relief in your answers. 3 Or your child may have trouble sleeping, or may even show signs of regression (such as wetting the bed after being potty trained).
Symptoms may also present as bad behavior—throwing temper tantrums beyond a developmentally.
List of related literature:
|from Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health|
|from Kinn’s The Administrative Medical Assistant E-Book|
|from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book|
|from Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping With Events in the News|
|from The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child|
|from Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook|
|from Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary|
|from What to Expect the Toddler Years|
|from Overcoming Harm OCD: Mindfulness and CBT Tools for Coping with Unwanted Violent Thoughts|
|from Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children E-Book|