NURTURE INFORMATION HUB
Children that were born premature have an increased risk of anxiety when starting school than that of full term children. These problems could have a large impact on school performance and interaction with other children. Anxiety can also have an effect on children’s thinking where they perceive the fear or danger to be greater than it is. Thinking about the situation, makes them more worried and stressed.
A child with anxiety may:
Parents of preterm kids should be aware that there may be an increased risk for anxiety and indicate to teachers and mental health professionals that their child was born premature and to assist them with the right interventions. Early detection, parenting support and timely referral to specialised care help give preterm children the best start at school.
Activities that can reduce anxiety in school children include:
If the anxiety is severe, seeking help from a Counsellor or Psychologist for treatment is recommended. Sometimes a child may be referred to a Psychiatrist. Medicating children is always a concern but, in some cases, medication combined with therapy is more beneficial than therapy alone.
Questions you can ask your health care team:
It can be stressful for a parent wondering if your child is suffering from anxiety. You should reach out and seek help from a counsellor or doctor to talk it through if you have any concerns for you or your child.
“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think” - Christopher Robin.