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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Irritable Child

You do not think your child has been around anyone recently who is ill. That's good, although keep in mind that some illnesses are contagious before someone shows any symptoms. So, keep looking for symptoms of illness in your child.

Sometimes children are cranky because something is bothering them inside (emotionally). Children can be cranky because something stressful has happened in their lives, such as moving to a new house, one parent being away from home, or a death in the family. They may be worried about something coming up, such as having a test in school, a game or a recital, or going on a trip.

Is it possible that your child is reacting to stress?

Yes, there are some reasons that my child may be feeling stress.

No, there doesn't appear to be any unusual stress in my child's life.

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