Increasing stress among kids


Dear Editor,
Stress and anxiety not only bother grown-ups as kids are equally prone to it. During this crucial time, children may feel stressed due to positive changes like trying out some new activity or negative changes like illness or loss of a family member. A small amount of stress is fine for health, but in excess, it may have a deep impact on your little one’s behaviour and health. Signs of stress in kids are different from that of adults, so you need to be more careful to identify them. These days when life is at halt and children are the worst sufferers. Parents are busy with home working and children many a times feel ignored and stressed.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share few tips to look out if your child is stressed and need attention. Stress and anxiety are common triggers of nightmares. If your child is worried about some work given at school or is having trouble at home they may often have nightmares. Some people even have a bad dream before an important event or their examination. In the case of frequent nightmares, try to understand what your kid is going through and assure them that you understand their feelings.
Restlessness and stress can also trigger an eating disorder in children. You may notice a sudden change in appetite or eating habits. They may either eat less or more, both can be due to stress. If you notice any such change, talk to them and get to bottom of the issue. This is the only way to help your child.
When we are stressed, we often have an outburst and the same happens with kids. They find the situation overwhelming and hard to deal with, as a result they become more aggressive. They may start avoiding any conversation or might start screaming. All these are signs of stress and anxiety, which needs to be dealt with correctly and on time. If you find it difficult to handle the situation, consult an expert. Having difficulty in completing schoolwork or not taking interest in extracurricular activities can also be a sign of stress in kids. The pressure to perform better in academic or school sports events can decrease their concentration level. If you see any sign, talk to your kid and try to help them prioritise their activities.
Remember this pandemic is worse for all and during this time we need to support each other and overcome the situation. Children need more attention and love and we must pay extra attention towards them so that they can deal with the situation in a positive way.
Dr Suman,
Greater Kailash.