Stress in children, tips to recognize and intervene
Stress can also affect children, but how do you recognize it? And how to intervene? Today, we see how parents can manage stress in children. In the meantime, you have to understand what stress is. It is a condition of the body altered because of internal stimuli or external that the individual is unable to meet for several reasons. This involves, not only in children, the emergence of signs of psycho-physical hardship in respect of the pressures which are perceived as high. The body therefore responds initially with a phase of activation, followed by a phase of adaptation and then with a low. The latter occurs when the resources of the individual are arrived at the limit. If the stress is continued, becomes chronic.
Once you have defined the stress, it is necessary to understand how children manifest it. First of all, usually the child takes on the behaviors different from the usual. This is detected both by the parents and teachers. For example, this can occur with mood changes, inattention, odd, aggression. Of course, such behaviour can also occur for other reasons and, therefore, the first thing to do is contestualizzarli, trying to figure out when they occur and how long.
The symptoms linked to a situation of stress in children, therefore, may be those mentioned above, as a change of mood, inattention. Then there are responses that are exaggerated with respect to the circumstances, as in the case of tantrums that are excessive or oppositions are more frequent than normal. A child stressed out, you can also modify his eating habits. In addition, can emerge the lack of interest in the activities, or have performance anxiety with regards to the school or the sport. There are also physical symptoms, such as stomachaches and headaches.
The stress may depend on the ability of every child to respond to demands and pressures. Every child has his own emotions, his personal attitude and his way of responding to certain situations. There are also cases in which the stress in children is caused by parents. And’ the case of conflict situations, economic problems, expectations, and so forth. Of course, stress can be linked to abuse and ill-treatment in the more severe cases.
What should parents do if your child is stressed? You should try to make the situation lighter with respect to the requests, trying not to push too much on the results. In addition, children are to be rewarded, in these cases, even to achieve small results. The children should not be involved in the problems of the family, and you have to consider them a positive solution. If the situation seems to be advanced, with disturbance of the psychosomatic type, you should seek advice from the pediatrician to understand what is appropriate to do.
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