Being in a child care centre, in Perth or across Australia, can cause a lot of anxiety for a child. Usually, anxiety is normal, fairly mild and doesn’t last too long. Anxiety is healthy in most cases, because it is an important part of our survival mechanism. It gets us ready for action in case of life-threatening emergency.
However, anxiety often escalates into what is known as an “anxiety condition.” Currently, one in six Australian children have been identified as suffering from an anxiety condition. If intervention doesn’t occur, it can have far-reaching ramifications later in life.
Different Types of Anxiety
There are three main types of anxiety in children.
- Social anxiety, which occurs in social situations, especially where they are the centre of attention or are required to interact with people.
- Separation anxiety, which happens first when they are separated from their parents, such as when taken to the child care centre or to school.
- Generalised anxiety is anxiety over a wide range of everyday things. This usually requires constant reassurance and is often manifested as perfectionism or fear of new situations.
How to Identify Anxiety in Your Child
Physical Symptoms: These include accelerated heartbeat, muscle tension, rapid breathing, sweating, choking, restlessness or a feeling of “pins and needles” in the arms and legs. Also: headaches, fatigue, stomach aches and sleeping difficulties.
Behavioural Symptoms: Shyness, tantrums, withdrawal from family and friends, avoidance of situations, seeking reassurance, negativity, clinging to parents, afraid of the dark, can’t sleep alone and would rather watch others than try anything.
What to Do About Anxiety in Your Child
Talk: Talk to your child and ask them how they feel.
Teach: Let them know about the physical process of anxiety so they understand what they are feeling and that it is normal.
Acknowledge: Acknowledge the emotion in real-time and help them isolate and identify their feelings.
Face their Fears: Help them face their fears instead of using denial.
Other Tips: Be available for your child, be a role model and help them be healthy. Stay calm and work together with your child. If you can’t help, don’t be afraid to get professional help.
Call Your Nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre Today
To learn more or to enquire about child care, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.