Top 10 Concerns for Families

Parents and caregivers want their children to be happy, healthy, and productive. A focus on health and safety is important for all children as they grow up. Healthy children start to learn skills when they are born. These skills will help them in school and when they are adults.

Some children may have health problems as they grow up. But, learning the signs of these problems and visiting the right doctors can help take care of the problem. Healthy kids can go to school more often and stay on track in the classroom. Click below to learn more about some important topics.

1. Poor Grades
If your child is struggling in school or if their grades have suddenly gotten worse, it could be due to a health problem, a behavior issue, or missing a lot of school. Many of these issues can be managed so that your child can succeed in the classroom!
2. Difficulty Reading
Having trouble reading can cause kids to get frustrated. Reading at grade level helps children learn in all their classes and feel good about school. A child who has difficulty reading may have a health problem, such as poor vision, that keeps them from staying on track in class. Trouble reading could also be caused be a result of being distracted while reading.
3. Trouble Making Friends
Sometimes, children have trouble making friends or prefer to be alone. Stress at home or behavior problems may affect your child’s ability to make friends. A doctor or school counselor may be able to help your child become more social.
4. “Acting Out”
Some children may “act out”, throw tantrums, or be “out-of-control” in school or at home. It may happen a lot or at random times. This may be a sign they have a hard time controlling their emotions and behavior. It could also be a child’s response to stress that may be happening at home or somewhere else. A doctor or school counselor can often help you manage these behaviors.
5. Tantrums or Outbursts
Strong emotional reactions include explosive anger, excessive sadness or crying, and extreme frustration. These may be signs they have a hard time controlling their emotions and behavior, or a response to stress at home. A doctor or school counselor may be able to help your child cope with their emotions so that they can function better in school.
6. Trouble Focusing
Some children simply have more trouble focusing than others. If your child is has trouble focusing or following directions, it could be due to a health issue or a response to a scary event. Many of these problems can be managed so that your child is able to focus in the classroom and at home, and succeed in school.
7. Frequent Headaches
Frequent headaches in children are sometimes a sign of a health problem. Poor vision, dental pain, anxiety, and hunger can all cause headaches. Managing your child’s headaches can help them learn better and enjoy school.
8. Difficulty Playing
Active play is an important part of a child’s development. If your child has difficulty breathing while playing outside or being active, it may be due to uncontrolled asthma. Asthma is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe, but it can be managed with medications. If it is managed, your child can be active!
9. Skill delays
Skills start developing when babies are born and continue through their school-aged years. There are certain milestones, or skill levels, that are important while a child is growing. Not all children will reach these milestones at the same time. Understanding the windows of time that children should develop these skills will help you decide if you need to visit a doctor.
10. Coughing at night
Coughing at night may make your child sleepy in the morning and during the school day. If this happens a lot, it could be a sign that your child has uncontrolled asthma. With the right medications, your child’s asthma can be managed.