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Anxiety in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition that causes your child to feel extremely worried or nervous. The feelings are so strong that they can cause problems with your child's daily activities or sleep. Anxiety may be triggered by something your child fears, such as something happening to a parent or friend. Your child may feel anxiety only at certain times, such as before he or she gives a presentation in school. Anxiety can become a long-term condition if it is not managed or treated.

What increases my child's risk for anxiety?

Anxiety may happen without a cause. The following increase your child's risk:

What other common signs and symptoms may occur with anxiety?

What should I tell healthcare providers about my child's anxiety?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask when symptoms began and what triggers them. The provider will ask if anxiety affects your child's daily activities. Tell the provider about your child's medical history and if he or she has family members with a similar condition. Your child's provider will ask about your older child's past and present nicotine or drug use.

How is anxiety treated?

Healthcare providers will treat any medical condition causing your child's symptoms. Any of the following may also be recommended:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to help my child manage anxiety?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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