How do I know if my child is experiencing typical childhood fears and kids’ anxiety or if something more is going on?

All children experience some fear and anxiety.

Not only is this normal, but it is protective.

One of the easiest ways to determine if fear or anxiety has become too big is to see if it impacts the child’s functioning in any way.

– Does it stop them from participating in certain activities?

– Does it distract them in a way that affects their ability to learn in class or connect with others during social activities?

– Does it prevent them from being independent (e.g., going into a room alone to dress)?

Consultation with a therapist can help identify whether support is needed.

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About Dr. Dina Kulik MD, FRCPC, PEM

Dr. Dina Kulik completed her Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Dina is one of Canada’s leading child health media experts, providing child health information through television, radio, print media, and via her blog Above all, Dina’s greatest joy is her family, and being the mom of four crazy boys.

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