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Signs that your child is stressed

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Children are very sensitive to issues and the smallest things might stress them out (Shutterstock)

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many changes have taken place in our lives interfering with our daily routines.

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For children, it is double the pressure since some of them cannot comprehend why they were withdrawn from school before finishing the term, or why they are no longer allowed to play outside with their friends as they usually did.

Children are very sensitive to issues and when small things they consider normal are taken away from them, this might stress them out. It is easy to ignore their frustrations since they are likely to voice their boredom every time.

Here are some signs that could help you tell your child is stressed:

Steep change in emotions

This is a sign that might not be easily picked on the first go considering the fact that children display an array of emotions depending on how issues hit them.

In most cases they will be irritable when they wake up, want to sleep and throw a tantrum when hungry. Some might cry when it’s time to shower which is totally normal. But you might notice them nurturing a new habit, like crying all the time over the slightest of issues and increased aggression.

They could be fighting their siblings more and overreacting to issues. This can be a sign that your child is stressed. You can pull them aside and talk to them.

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Let them know you care and help them understand each day the role they play in staying at home.

They are withdrawn

Children speak one language, and it is easy to guess what makes them happy and what irks them.

As a parent, you should be able to note some behavioral changes in your child. When children are stressed or unhappy, they withdraw from the things they enjoy doing. They will no longer be as excited as they used to before when you get them their favourite snacks or cook their favourite meals.

Some might have a hard time finishing meals or lose their appetite. While others might relapse back into old habits like wetting the bed or desire the desire to clutch onto you like a koala bear.

In this case do not yell at your child or condemn them, when children relapse to old habits and withdraw from their daily lives it only means something is amiss and they could really do with your attention.

Take time to talk to your child about COVID-19 (Shutterstock)

Change in sleeping patterns

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You might notice your child’s sleeping habits have changed, they can no longer sleep during the day or they sleep for shorter hours during the night.

For some, you might notice that their sleeping time has changed significantly. This might be a sign that your child is stressed and that they need your help.

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Be keen to inquire how they slept or ask why they no longer sleep like they used to. Some children might be experiencing nightmares but are scared of sharing this information with you.

Remember everyone is scared of contracting the virus and children are no exception. They also have their fears and these current issues can also stress your child.

Take time to talk to your child about COVID-19, do not leave them in the dark to guess what is happening in the country and world as a whole.

Potty changes

This is amongst the top signs that your child is not okay, it could be from an illness or stress.

Potty trained children always have an unwritten schedule of when they go to the toilet, and when this routine changes, something is obviously wrong. If you are certain that your child is not sick and they haven’t been on a diet that could change their potty routine, then probably your child could be stressed.

They might complain of headaches or stomach pains that are also signs of stress.

Note the changes and assure your child that everything will be alright, talk to them and religiously answer their irrelevant questions as that will make them comfortable and relax.

Also ensure they drink a lot of water and get enough sleep.

Trouble completing tasks

Sometimes children do not necessarily show behavioral changes when stressed. Instead, they will have a problem completing and doing tasks they could handle before.

You will probably notice your child is slacking when it comes to doing house chores or time to take a shower. You might be tempted to condemn their behavior to try and push them to do the right thing, but when they are stressed it will only make them feel unloved and unwanted.

Children are very sensitive and when they are constantly admonished over issues, they tend to withdraw from you and the society as a whole.

Your child looks up to you, remember to correct them with love. Take time to talk to them, you might actually be surprised some of the things you get to learn about your child.

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