While we’re pretty used to hearing the word “stress” bandied around these days, we don’t often associate it with our children. After all, they don’t have bills to pay or mouths to feed. Maybe they haven’t even started school yet, so what do they have to be stressed about? Right? Well, surprisingly it turns out, quite a lot.
Family Education discusses the many potential triggers and causes of stress in kids, which can include a sudden change of environment, raised voices at home, a disagreement with a sibling, tests at school, falling out with a teacher, and social and peer pressure.
Emotional Signs of Stress
Stress manifests itself in different ways in different people, so your child may display emotional signs, such as appearing more quiet or distant than usual, or being uncharacteristically aggressive or irritable. Toddlers and infants may throw sudden tantrums or clinginess, or their symptoms may present physically.
Physical Signs of Stress
Stress often affects children’s sleeping patterns, so if you notice a sudden change in the way your child sleeps; they have difficulty sleeping, or cry out in their sleep, you should monitor the situation.
They may also experience a sudden change in bowel movements, or complain of earache and teeth grinding. As many as 2 in 3 kids grind their teeth and it can have damaging effects on tooth enamel and even facial development, so if you think that your child may be grinding his teeth, J&S Dental Lab can recommend a dental night guard to prevent further damage.
It’s always best to ask your child what’s going on if you think that they might be stressed, so that you can try to get to the source of the problem. However, with infants not old enough to express themselves verbally (or even moody teens that refuse to express themselves) you’ll need to be patient and keep an eye on their symptoms.
If any of the above signs of stress last for more than a few days, you may need to consult with a doctor, to see if a child psychologist could be of some use.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is best to discuss with your dental care provider, as they will be able to identify whether your child’s grinding is caused by a bad alignment of their teeth, and if they might benefit from corrective treatment.
As many cases of teeth grinding are temporary in children and could be a reflex to pain or teething, sometimes no action will be necessary. But if you notice that your little one is suffering from it on a regular basis and want to find out more about the benefits of using a custom night guard, visit this link here.
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