What causes anxiety in children?
Life can be stressful even for young children.
Fear of separation, change, uncertainty, unfamiliar faces, new situations, and unfamiliar sounds are all sources of stress, especially in young children.
This is especially true if your child has the MTHFR deficiency polymorphism, which means that he or she is genetically predisposed to anxiety.
How do I know if my child is suffering from anxiety?
Some of the most common symptoms of stress and anxiety in your child are:
- belly aches usually around the belly button
- an inability to fall asleep or wake up (as a rule children get up with the sun) that disappears during vacation or when going on a fun trip
- disordered eating; either the child cannot stop eating or has no appetite
- acting out (Remember, children naturally want to please their parents and teachers, unless something else is wrong.)
Why is it so important to begin treating anxiety at an early age? Won’t the child eventually outgrow his or her fears?
Sometimes children outgrow their fears, but all too frequently they develop unhealthy patterns that become more complex as they get older. While some use anxiety to motivate themselves to achieve and solve problems, others fall into unhealthy habits to cope with anxiety. Probably the most common and most devastating coping behavior is addiction.
One can become addicted to anything: food, work, pornography, computer games, smoking, alcohol, drugs, and more. Addiction and OCD often go hand in hand.
In order to prevent a child from adopting unhealthy coping mechanisms, it is important recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and begin treatment to reduce anxiety in your child.
How you can reduce anxiety in your child
Remember to be compassionate; nobody, not even children, wants to experience anxiety. If your child is having a hard time don’t make it harder. That doesn’t mean that there is no room for discipline, remember that to a child, discipline in moderation is love. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is something wrong at school?
- What is your child afraid of?
- What about meals, are they healthy? Remember, sugary foods will compromise a child’s performance.
Then, to help your child try these suggestions:
- teach coping skills for tense situations and how to deal with bullies (for some that may mean taking martial arts as a means of self defense)
- rehearse tense situations so that the child will be ready when it happens again (and it will happen again)
MTFHR and anxiety
If after all of your efforts your child still suffers from anxiety, it is time that you look into MTHFR deficiency. The test is easy; it is basically rubbing a cotton swab inside the cheek and sending it to the lab. If your child does have it, vitamin supplementation will help. Send us a message through the contact form, or give us a call to learn more about how to find the right dose.
Usually within a few days of taking supplements from the Vitaben’s program you will see a difference. If after a week your child is still having problems, then schedule a consultation so that we can find the underlying cause of the problem and hopefully protect your child from the pain of anxiety.
To get help with reducing anxiety, fill out the contact form and click Send.