Children and teens notice and react to
stress in their family and also experience their own
stress. It is important to recognize stress in children and teens and help them
with healthy coping strategies. The strategies they learn often stay with them
Generally, anything that may cause children fear and anxiety can
cause stress. This can include being away from home, starting a new school or
moving to a new location, being separated from parents or caregivers, worrying
about school and getting along with others, worrying about their changing
bodies, and worrying about the future.
The following are some common signs of stress in different age
Preschool and toddlers
Preteens and teens
Adults can help children and teens with stress in many ways. Two
important ways are creating a low-stress environment and helping them develop
positive coping skills.
The following can help develop a low-stress environment:
It is important to help children develop positive coping skills, as
these skills are often carried into adult life. You can help by:
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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