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What are common reactions to stress in children ages 5 to 11?

Children in this age group commonly react to stress by acting out, sleeping poorly, and showing a decrease in school performance. Some kids will regress in their potty training and developmental skills. Others may become more parent-dependent and need more family time.

Any of the following can be normal reactions when your child is exposed to stress:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Academic difficulty
  • Unreasonable fear
  • Gastrointestinal upset, headache/migraine
  • Regression of behavior
  • Avoidance of social interaction
  • Distraction, lack of focus
  • Irritable, combative
  • Withdrawn

You should consider professional help if you see:

  • Any reactions to stress that are prolonged or severe
  • Repeated bedwetting
  • Overly anxious, unable to relax
  • Unable to leave parent(s)
  • Bouts of crying unrelated to any event

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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