6 Signs of Stress in Children and Tips to Reduce It

When we think of stress, we often think about it from an adult perspective that includes work pressures and finances. However, children are very susceptible to stress as well, although they may not communicate it to you as clearly.

These stressors in kids can trigger strange or uncharacteristic behaviors, so it’s best to try and identify them rather then passing it off as a “phase”. Here are six ways to know if your child is under stress and what to do about it…

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1. Bedwetting

According to KidsHealth.org, one of the symptoms of childhood stress is bedwetting, especially if it’s “sudden” and they don’t have a history of the problem. While there are other possible health causes of bedwetting, taking a look for potential sources of stress is a good place to start.

If the problem persists, there are ways to help address the bedwetting and try to reduce or eliminate it, but that won’t address the bigger picture. It’s best to try and have a non-threatening conversation with your child about what’s bothering them. Make yourself “available,” suggests the source.

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