It’s normal for children to feel worried or anxious from time to time – such as when they’re starting school or nursery, or moving to a new area.

But for some children, anxiety affects their behaviour and thoughts every day, interfering with their school, home and social life. This is when they may need professional help to tackle it.

Symptoms of anxiety in children

Signs to look out for in your child are:

finding it hard to concentrate

not sleeping, or waking in the night with bad dreams

not eating properly

quickly getting angry or irritable, and being out of control during outbursts

constantly worrying or having negative thoughts

feeling tense and fidgety, or using the toilet often

always crying

being clingy

complaining of tummy aches and feeling unwell


Where to get help for anxiety

An appointment with your GP is a good place to start.

Please visit the following websites for advice and contact your child’s class teacher if you think your child needs support with anxiety.

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