Why is the child stressed?

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Why is the child stressed?
Why is the child stressed?

Your child has gone to school. But after a while, you noticed that he is no longer as active and cheerful as before, it is difficult to wake him up in the morning, although he sleeps 9-10 hours, often complains of being tired and prefers to stay at home instead of a Sunday walk, he often gets sick …

Why is the child stressed?

Your child has gone to school. But after a while, you noticed that he is no longer as active and cheerful as before, it is difficult to wake him up in the morning, although he sleeps 9-10 hours, often complains of being tired and prefers to stay at home instead of a Sunday walk, he often gets sick …

All of these signs indicate that your child is likely to be under stress. And this condition weakens the body and increases the risk of developing diseases. Doctors call stress a “set” of shifts in the body aimed at its adaptation to the situation that has arisen, which develops gradually, in several stages.

First stage

Energy, increased mental and physical activity. At this stage, stress is beneficial, it helps to mobilize forces to solve the problem. Remember how enthusiastically the child talked about the first days at school, how he woke up himself in order to quickly run there. But gradually, the loads do their job and the child becomes more difficult.

Second stage

"Active" negative emotions. At this stage, irritability, anger and even aggression are possible. These emotions allow the child to discharge. Surely, you will remember the cases when the kid flatly refused to do homework or go to school, he was arrogant to you. But you, of course, stopped all his attempts to "let off" steam.

Third stage

"Passive" negative emotions. At this stage, the child stops resisting, "performing" and meekly pleases you with success or frustrates you with deuces. Chronic stress is destructive, scientists called it "distress" (from the English distress - grief, distress, disorder).

Fourth stage

Manifested by endless illnesses. Statistics show that half of secondary school students already have a well-defined diagnosis, in the senior classes suffering from various diseases - 95%. The vicious circle closes: after all, diseases further weaken the body.

If the life of a child seems to be a continuous celebration, if you doubt that your child is experiencing huge overloads that drive him into a state of distress, just put yourself in his place

Let's start with the fact that children's "working" day actually lasts the same time as adults: lessons at school + homework. Now imagine that every day, hourly (at every lesson), you are waiting for the boss to call you and you will have to report, so much so that you are not ashamed. From time to time, this condition is aggravated by the expectation of large-scale checks of your professional qualities by the authorities (exams, open lessons, city tests, etc.). By the way, scientists say that the stress experienced by a child during exams is comparable to the stress experienced by an air traffic controller responsible for thousands of lives. After such a working day, you are obliged to run to English courses or to a cross-stitching circle (sports sections, circles and additional classes). Add to this teachers who find fault with trifles, difficult, often conflicting relationships with classmates, claims from home, which, it would seem, should support and understand, etc. Then every day turns into torture. And how long would you last in such conditions? Motivation can still reconcile an adult with the situation: an unloved job can be well paid, and hated English courses will allow you to count on promotion. And how to explain to a child why he needs to go figure skating to school, at 6 o'clock in the morning or play the accordion for hours.

But children endure: some, so as not to upset their parents, others out of fear of getting scolded, others sincerely believe that adults cannot be argued with. But agreeing to the proposed regimen does not mean that they do not experience discomfort. The body goes to great lengths to maintain the status quo. But its resources are not unlimited. And they are all different. Some got a strong nervous system and a good ability to recover. Others were less fortunate.

What should I do if my child shows signs of distress?

  • Exclude the possibility of disease. The cause of fatigue, absent-mindedness, frequent SARS can be helminthiases, anemia, chronic infections, etc. To determine the cause, you need to see a doctor and pass tests.
  • If the tests are in order, then chronic stress is to blame. It is clear that you will not refuse school, although there is also an option in the form of home schooling. But you are obliged to remove additional loads from the child. You should not completely abandon circles and sections: they bring variety to life. You just need to leave those that the child enjoys. And do not be afraid if one hobby is replaced by another.
  • DO NOT scold him for not doing too well in your opinion. Absent-mindedness, inattention - on the one hand, a natural instinctive protection against overloads, on the other - their consequence. Early as aggression and resistance.
  • Be sure to include walks and physical education in your daily routine. It is physical education, not sports: skiing and skating, cycling, swimming in the summer.
  • Pay serious attention to your baby's nutrition. Try to feed him tastier, cook his favorite dishes. They must contain all the components necessary for the child and in sufficient quantities.

We recommend to include in the daily diet of the child:

  • Seafood: marine fish (haddock, flounder, sea bass, cod), crabs, shrimp, squid, sea kale.

What is useful: contain iodine, necessary for reduced performance, academic performance, tendency to frequent diseases, including chronic ones; phosphorus and calcium, indispensable for bones and teeth, especially during growth, to prevent muscle weakness.

  • Beets, red and white beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, spinach, peas

What is useful: contain magnesium, indispensable for maintaining energy metabolism, strengthening the nervous system, and protecting against the negative effects of stress.

  • Liver duck, chicken, veal, beef, wholemeal products, dried apricots, prunes, carrot and pomegranate juice.

What is useful: contain iron necessary for hematopoiesis, strengthening the immune and central nervous systems and increasing the energy tone of the body.

  • Vitamins and minerals. For example, the Vitrum® Junior vitamin and mineral complex for children from 7 years old.

What is useful: Provides the daily requirement of the growing body of children for essential vitamins, macro- and microelements, in particular iron, copper, manganese and iodine.Stimulates the mental development of the child and helps to cope with school stress. An increased dosage of vitamin C, as well as the presence of antioxidant components, protect against seasonal colds and infectious diseases. In 2005, at the Institute of Pediatric Endocrinology, State Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Vitrum vitamins for children underwent a clinical study in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Based on the results of the study, pediatricians came to the conclusion that Vitrum children's complexes are safe and hypoallergenic even in children with a long duration of the disease.

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