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QUIZ BY JENNIFER SMITH
not always easy
to figure out.
FREAK OUT OR
Children go through emotional ups and downs.
But how do you know if behavioral changes are
typical or cause for concern?
SUMM ER 2017
SLEEP DISORDER. "If a kid's sleep
habits change, the first thing I would
do as a parent is go watch them sleep.
If they are snoring, that is a sign that
something is off with their airway,
and they should go to a pediatrician.
Allergies can make kids snore, and so
can sickness," Hartselle says.
If your child is moving his legs or
twitching a lot, that can make him
tired, and, in turn, increase anxiety
the next day.
PHOTO BY GLOW IMAGES
We're all familiar with the "terrible twos," evidenced
by the thrashing, wailing toddler in the grocery store.
And what about when puberty hits, and your oncesweet baby is suddenly slamming doors and telling you to leave
Take a deep breath. Those behaviors are normal-just part of
testing boundaries, grappling with hormones and growing up.
But some sudden behavioral changes go beyond what's considered typical growth and should prompt a check-in with a medical
professional, says Stephanie Hartselle, MD, a child and adolescent
psychiatrist and a member expert with the American Academy
of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She helps us understand
Your third-grader has slept like a
champ his whole life-until now.
Suddenly, he started waking up
several times a night and is snoring like
a monster truck when he does sleep.
He's so tired he's like a little zombie,
and so are you.
IS IT: Anxiety or a sleep disorder?