6 year old daughter maybe suffering Anxiety?
Hello everybody. My 6 year old daughter is a 1st grader and she is very healthy very smart and very active. She has always had self esteem issues and jealousy issues over her older brother and sister. I must say she is the spoiled one and has no reason to be jealous. She always needs her hair to be perfect or her clothes to the ones she wants to wear to school otherwise she will throw a tantrum till it is corrected. About 6 months ago she started giving me and my wife a hard time about waking up and going to school. At first it would just take some firm tones to get her up and on her way. Then as time has went on it turned into an everyday thing and being firm did not do the trick. SO then we started bribing or threatning to call her grandma to come take her to school and this worked for a while. Now she says her stomach hurts everymorning and that she feels sick. She even gets sent to the nurses office almost 2wice a week.. We took her to the doc to get a full check up. Everything checked out ok exam wise. But this past month she says she feels nervous in her stomach and gets very scared. We literally have to take her temperature every morning to show her she has no fever. Went to disneyland 2 weeks ago and she had these episodes after we left the park and on the way up to disneyland. She complained her tummy felt nervous and she was scared please hold her. I feel so helpless. Yesterday she came home early cause she felt nervous after lunch/recess and she says she was scared she might throw up. So i left work and picked her up. Soon as we got home she was fine and was fine the rest of the day till the night time when she started worrying about school again and having to go.Then she wanted to stay with me or mom but we both are working so we cant stay with her everyday. I left her with my sister in law today and sure enough i got a call from her that my duaghter felt nervous and had a loose bowel movement right after she got this feeling of anxiety or whatever it may be. I scheduled her a doc appointment to get some blood work done/ doctor said to not give her milk just in case it is a digestive problem. Can anyone relate to what my duaghter maybe going thru. She is only 6 and it is really starting to worry me.
Re: 6 year old daughter maybe suffering Anxiety?
I feel your frustration over this as I too have dealt with this with my daughter . Her initial anxiety stemmed from someone throwing up near her and ever since then it has been extreme anxiety . If you have ruled out anything physical than I can assure you the stomach pains she is complaining about are brought on from her anxiety . We dealt every day with the stomach pains , headaches , and fear of going to school fr an entire year . It got better and came back full force at age 10. So much so that we had to find a specialist that dealt with anxiety in children and it has been a godsend . She has made such a difference for her . One thing I was told is that the more you acknowledge it , the more she will do it . We were told to set aside 5 minutes a day that she knew she could use to complain about how she was feeling . Any other time she was reminded that this is not the time and she can tell us when she has her 5 minutes . The complaining got less and less and she is now virtually anxiety free . I know it's hard but try to not validate her everytime she complains of something . As long as you know she is physically healthy and this is all in her head , you not feeding into it will lesson it . It is very very common at her age so don't feel like your alone
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