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BURNS :: Returning Home After a Burn Injury

If Your Child Has Difficulty Adjusting

Symptoms that your child may be having difficulty adjusting:

It is extremely difficult to cope with stressful situations that last for a long time. Children have less ability to cope with stress because of their limited life experiences. Some symptoms that your child may be having difficulty adjusting include:

  • agitated behavior, such as crying, thumb sucking
  • disturbed bodily functions, such as eating, sleeping, or elimination
  • separation anxiety, such as clinging, refusing to sleep alone, wanting to be held constantly
  • sleep disturbances and nightmares
  • regression in toilet training, dressing, or self-feeding
  • withdrawal
  • decreased self-confidence
  • makes deprecating comments about self
  • aggression, both verbal and physical
  • repeated episodes of sadness
  • compulsive re-enactment of traumatic events in play
  • concentration difficulties
  • behavior changes (the quiet may become frantic and the energetic may become lethargic)
  • physical ailment, such as headaches, stomach aches, or dizziness
  • increased dependence
  • resentment of unfairness of situation, blaming
  • difficulty with peers
  • unrealistic expectations of self and others
  • concern with body image
  • frustration, producing rebellion
  • avoidance and denial to avoid addressing issue
  • reluctance to trust or open self to others
  • feelings of hopelessness, meaningless of life
  • depression
  • lowered impulse control, easily frustrated
  • drug and alcohol abuse

Any unusual, persistent behavior should be evaluated by a qualified mental health professional. It is often very beneficial to seek professional care when you are concerned or unsure about what do next. If one or more of these behaviors persist over a long period of time, and to a marked degree, professional help may be needed.

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