Frequent trips to the school nurse might be a questionable sign.
Children with anxiety may make frequent trips to the school nurse with headaches, nausea, or stomach pains. Anxiety can manifest in physical complaints just as often as in psychological complaints. Unexplained headaches, nausea, stomachaches, or even vomiting could be signs of stress in children. Children may also feel the need to escape their classrooms if they feel anxious, and the school nurse’s office may be a safe place for them to relax. Does your child often do things like this during school? If your teacher reports this behavior to you, make sure you listen closely.
Other signs that might present themselves during trips to the school nurse include a racing heart and sweaty palms without having any physical activity present. They might also complain of tense muscles. Do you notice your child gets out of breath, too, while these other symptoms are present? It might be time to visit the doctor and discuss anxiety with your child. There are other behaviors children might exhibit during school that are signs of anxiety. Keep reading to learn about what you should look for in your school-age child.