Health Tip: Bullying & your child’s health
All parents worry about whether their kids are getting along with their peers at school. Unfortunately, about 28 percent of kids in grades six to 12 say they’ve experienced bullying, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Bullying can cause a variety of health, academic and psychological problems for children.
· Difficulty sleeping
· Suicidal attempts
Since we can’t always be with our children, it’s important to recognize these signs they may be getting bullied.
· Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
· Unexplained injuries
· Lost or destroyed clothing, electronics or other valuables
· Sudden changes in eating habits
· Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
· Declining grades or loss of interest in school
· Feeling helpless or decreased self esteem
· Self-destructive or harmful behaviors
If you suspect your child is being bullied, ask your child what’s bothering them, making sure to listen and focus on the child. You should:
· Give advice about what to do when bullied.
· Work together with your child, school or organization to remove the child from the unsafe situation.
· Follow-up with the child and school or organization.
If signs of distress persist, offer your child help from a school counselor, pediatrician or psychologist. Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.