Trauma In Children: How To Know Your Child Is Traumatized

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Trauma In Children: How To Know Your Child Is Traumatized


Signs Of Traumatic Stress

  • Nervous
  • Worried about safety
  • Agitated
  • Withdrawn
  • Sad
  • Scared of sleeping alone at night
  • Temper tantrums
  • Withdrawing from the world

Physical Signs

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble sleeping and nightmares
  • Your child may also be reliving the event
    Seeing images
  • Remembering every detail of what happened and what they did
  • Needing to tell the story over and over again

Signs Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Intense fear
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Feelings of being agitated and disorganized
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble focusing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Emotionally numb, anxious, or depressed
    Separation anxiety
  • Changes in their interactions with others, including more aggressive or more withdrawn
  • Your child may also go back to behaviors they had outgrown – bedwetting, clinging, sucking their thumb, etc.

Get help for your child when you notice any of these symptoms and let your child know that they are safe and that you are in control.

Know that your child is taking cues from you on how to react to the traumatic event.
It is OK for you to be sad or hurt. But your child needs to know that you are in control and are protecting them.

You can do these:

  • Return to a daily routine as soon as you can.
  • Create a schedule for eating, sleeping, school, and playing.
  • Daily routines help kids know what to expect and make them feel safe.
  • Talk to your child. Let them know what you are doing to keep them safe.
  • Answer their questions in a way they can understand.
  • Stay close to your child. Let them sit near you or hold your hand.
  • Accept and work with your child on regressed behavior.


A child psychologist can help you and your child navigates every step of recovery.

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