Social Anxiety in children

Dr Anjana Kannoth, Paediatrics and Neonatology (Specialist), Aster Hospital, Mankhool

While some children may be vocal about their feelings, there are many, especially younger children who may show signs of anxiety and stress through their behavior.

Parents and teachers at school can keep a look out for some of these signs as below:

  • Speaking very quietly
  • Providing minimal detail in response to questions
  • Avoiding making eye contact
  • Unwillingness to go to school
  • Avoiding eating in public
  • Meeting/speaking to new people

These may be some signs that the child may be under stress or anxious and communicating with him/her may help ease this. Parents should inform the school and vice-versa if such signs are identified and necessary steps can be taken, parents can also take the guidance of the child’s doctor.

Some children may also exhibit physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, flushing and shortness of breath.

In such cases, parents or the school should seek out help from counselors, school doctors or take professional advice on what and how to best proceed.