Wouldn’t it be great if there was a thermometer that could tell you if your child was not feeling well emotionally?
While most parents are able to tell when their child isn’t feeling well physically and needs to see a doctor, many can’t recognize if their son or daughter is having a mental health problem. Getting help for your child depends upon the awareness and actions of key adults – like you!
The information below will equip you with a wide repertoire of danger signs to look for and ways you can nurture your child’s mental health. When the problem starts to interfere with school, family, or everyday living, it may be time to seek help. Remember to talk to your pediatrician or mental health professional if you are concerned.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org