Kids, stress, and back-to-school - How to recognize symptoms of stress and help kids deal with it



    MONTREAL, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Kids get stressed out just like mum and
dad. Back-to-school time can make kids of all ages very anxious. In young
children with under-developed communication skills, stress is displayed very
differently than an adult. Often kids' stress is internalized and most
noticeable in physical symptoms such as headache, stomachache and even nausea.
Other symptoms are trouble sleeping and asking many questions as about the
issue that is making them anxious.
    Dr. Chantal Martel, a child psychologist at The Montreal Children's
Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre has advice for mum and dad on
how to

    
    - Recognize stress in kids
    - Help kids cope with their stress. STARTING AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE
      FIRST DAY BACK
    

    Dr. Martel is available to speak with the media about kids, stress and
back-to-school time. She offers sage advice for parents with children going to
daycare for the first time, or for older kids heading off to CEGEP or even
University.
    Dr. Martel is one of the speakers of this year's Mini Med School at the
MCH. Mini Med is a five-part lecture series offered in both English and
French. The series is designed for mum and dad and for teens interested in
careers in medicine. Mini Med kicks off its 4h season on September 8 in
English and September 10 in French.




For further information:

For further information: or to speak with Dr. Martel about kids and
stress please call: Lisa Dutton, Manager, Public Relations and Communications
MCH, (514) 412-4307, lisa.dutton@muhc.mcgill.ca


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