One of the most amazing things about kids is their resilience and desire to learn how to do things for themselves.
This characteristic is displayed at the earliest ages when they are exploring everywhere, even places where they shouldn’t be and they don’t want parents to help them so they can do it on their own. However, there are times where they encounter a situation that is overwhelming and need to be given the tools to understand how to handle emotions and conditions going forward.
Fear and anxiety are common emotions for children, whether it is fear of the dark, being worried about making new friends, going new places or even about death of a loved one. Kids do not instinctively know how to handle these feelings, especially as they can be stronger in some individuals and based on the age at which they develop. The intense growth of these emotions at any given time can lead to panic attacks in children where physical symptoms are a key indicator of what is happening.
If they are struggling with shortness of breath, speeding heart rate, chest pain, trembling, stomach pain, dizziness, tingling of limbs and other related symptoms, then they could be experiencing an anxiety attack. During this period, rational thought is difficult to achieve unless they know how to identify what is going on and then how to handle the varying factors to bring it back under control. The scariest part about this for kids is that they don’t know what is happening the first couple of times and they feel completely out of control and confused.
The best solution is to seek professional help with therapy and group discussions so that they can provide the information and techniques to deal with the panic attacks in children. Both the children and the family members can be involved with the counseling and sessions so that everyone is working from the same plan and understands their role in the process. This simple step gives the child security, stability and the information they need to identify the situation.