Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

How can I tell if my child has the back-to-school jitters or if it is something more serious?

It can be common for children to feel anxious about going back to school. Every new school year brings new challenges and a new routine to get used to.

It is normal for children to say they don’t want to go to school or even that they feel sick or have a stomach ache. In those situations, parents should try to get children to feel comfortable with the upcoming school year, but they likely don’t have bigger issues to worry about.

If, however, your child completely changes his or her personality and becomes withdrawn, it might be more than just a case of the jitters.

Red Flags

Red flags for kindergarten and elementary children include the following:

  • Behavioral problems
  • Becoming overly withdrawn
  • Frequent complaints of feeling sick

Red flags for middle school children include the following:

  • Becoming overly withdrawn
  • No longer doing things they enjoy
  • Neglecting hobbies
  • Avoiding certain activities
  • Frequent complaints of feeling sick

Talk with your child’s physician for more information about your child’s back-to-school reaction and how to best address it.

Learn More:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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