My 4 year old is so anxious! HELP!

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My 4 year old is so anxious! HELP!
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 8:29am

I have a 4 year old daughter who was the "social butterfly" and was just the most outgoing little girl ever!

Stacey

Loving Mom to Brendan (10), Samma (6), Delaney Kate (3) and Natalie "MiMi" (2)

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 12:58pm

Oh dear. I understand how very scary for both your daughter, and YOU! First, this is going to sound strange, but sometimes anxiety is a combination of things - both physical as well as emotional. She was probably on antibiotics, right? And perhaps her sleep got messed up as well?

I would keep her life low stress, but also expect certain behavior from her. I wouldn't push her right now - but I am only another mom, and am just speaking from the viewpoint of my own experience.

Address all of her - as much as you can. I'd address gut health since she was on antibiotics - look into probitiotics, prebiotics, low refined carbs (look up candida). I know some pediatricians warn about needing this with antibiotics, but some still don't.

And sleep. If there is any alteration in her sleep patterns, exercise sleep hygiene and do everything possible to fix that.

Medical check-up: I'd get her a complete physical - check nutritional levels (vitamins, minerals). Ask the doctor about supplements - fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids, for instance to protect the brain while she is under so much stress.)

I would get a really good child therapist - expressive arts or play - something appropriate for a very young child - to help her cope with her feelings.

I guess I would start with therapy, the pediatrician, and an MD specializing in Integrative medicine.

And remember - take care of YOURSELF! When my child was really bad off, I needed help for ME, too!




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Registered: 04-17-2007
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 10:29am

Oh wow, this sounds so much like why I just started coming to this board today.

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 10:39am

I now know that there are some workbooks that can be used by parents and young children. You might want to read this article. There are workbooks mentioned for children at the end of it:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the Strength to Recover


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