In so many ways, this past year has changed the world as we know it, and, unfortunately, children were no exception. From disruptions to daily routines to potential traumatic losses, the little ones we love have been dealing with a lot over the past twelve months. Coping during a global pandemic can sometimes feel challenging as an adult, so it is essential that parents and guardians stay mindful of this matter and know how to support their children. Take a look at some common signs and symptoms of children who may be struggling with their mental health and how Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics can help.
Common Signs of Stress in Children
In order to follow safety and health protocols and guidelines, many children were forced to swiftly adapt and transition to new daily routines and schedules. It goes without saying that none of this has been easy, but how can parents and guardians tell if these new conditions and circumstances are having a negative effect on their children’s mental health? Luckily, there are a remarkable amount of resources such as this one shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics that have outlined common symptoms and signals that a child might need more support. Here are some other common signs to be on the lookout for:
- Disruptions to sleep schedules and increased irritability.
- Feeding and dietary issues, as well as behavior outbursts, may occur due to increased levels of stress.
- Bedwetting, separation anxiety, and aggressive conflicts.
When to Seek Professional Help for Your Child
No one wants to see their children suffer, but it can be hard to know when it is time to take professional action. Anytime a behavior puts a child at risk, or a behavior or situation becomes a persistent pattern, it is wise and beneficial for parents and guardians to seek help immediately. Fortunately, the highly-trusted team at Bard & Didriksen Pediatrics is here and able to diagnose your child’s condition to help get them back on the right path to feeling comfortable and more secure during the pandemic.
For the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, visit the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all. To discuss any questions and concerns you might have about seeking additional mental and emotional support and guidance for your children, contact us today.