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Healthier Me: Dealing with Anxiety in Students

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Some major adjustments are taking place as kids settle in for the school year. The first few weeks of class can be stressful for young kids, and that can lead to some complaints.

Tummy aches and headaches don't always signal concern from parents, but doctors say they need to pay close attention to see if their new kids are actually suffering from anxiety.

Stress and anxiety in children can turn into other complaints pretty quickly. Some children might have tantrums or cry when they are anxious, but others may not be as open. Physical manifestations of stress are fairly common.

"Paying attention to kid's feelings is important," Sanford Health pediatrician Dr. Chris Tiongson, says. "Whether it's physical symptoms, sleep problems or something that just isn't right -- it's worth asking about. If a child complained about their knee hurting all of the time-- you would get it checked out. It is the same with their feelings being hurt -- you should be concerned about that too."

Learning to recognize the stomach ache as a sign of nervousness or stress is the first step.
Doctors say deep breathing, having a glass of water and a little snack, or going for a brief walk to get some fresh air can all help.

Stomach aches and headaches aren't always emotional. Parents may also wan to talk to their pediatrician about physical causes. Bacteria, a virus, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, and/or constipation are often behind the stomach aches and vomiting of younger children.

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