How to Keep Kids From Buckling Under Stress

Children suffer from stress like adults, especially heading back to school. Experts share what parents should look for to help kids deal with stress and anxiety.
3:01 | 08/19/15

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The latest in our series stress rescue. Children's anxiety increased over the past five decades and especially at this time when everyone is getting ready to go back to school. Mara schiavocampo is here with more. Reporter: Nearly 80% of teachers say helping students deal with stress is one of their biggest concerns in the classroom. What can parents do and what do they need to look out for? Headaches, stomachache, even trips to the emergency room. These are some of the symptoms of stress exhibited by kids as young as age 5. Stress and anxiety is one of the biggest struggles that are children and youth are facing. Reporter: Michele kambolis is author of "Generation stressed" and says she's seen a steady uptick of stressed out kids peaking when they head back to school. The anticipation and not knowing what to expect, all of that anticipatory anxiety can really be upsetting to them. Reporter: According to a study conducted over the course of five years by nationwide children's hospital, kids' trips to the emergency room concerning headaches jumped 31% in the fall. 7-year-old Hanna faustus of Arlington, knows all about school-related stress. I get headaches, I get get the feeling that I'm going to throw up. Reporter: Hanna's home Carrie said it became more pronounced a few days before school started this jeer. The routine and the schedule and going back and the transition, that does produce some anxiety. Reporter: While every kid is different, experts recommend trying these tips, encourage your kids to put down the iPad and get up and exercise. Use active listening, stay empathetic and repeat what your child says to make jour you understand them correctly and create a worry wall where kids can add their worries to avoid internalalizing stress. Talking to her, reassuring her that we're here for her, we love her no matter what happens. When I get worried I talk to my mom. Reporter: Now, every kid, of course, reacts differently to high-pressure situations and the first step make sure that nobody is perfect and that they should tell the adults this their life when they're feeling a little overwhelmed. We all get overwhelmed. These kids are not overwhelmed right now. Different kinds of exercise doesn't have to be super intensive. These brothers are demonstrating high intensity exercise but this can raise cortisol levels, the tress hormone, maybe not the best thing. These kids over here are playing a game. More moderate and lower their cortisol levels and release endorphins which makes you feel good and you can play with them in they are having a good time right there. Okay, thank you, para. Back inside to Amy.

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