Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

How do I decrease my child’s anxiety about starting school?

Dr. Lauricella discusses pediatric health concerns. Click play to watch the video or read the video transcript.


Physicians often encourage parents to get their children into routines – bath time, bedtime, meals – because they can help create a sense of comfort and calm.

The transition of first starting school, changing grades or changing schools can be difficult for children because it changes their routine.

Tips to Decrease Anxiety

Here are some ideas to help ease your child’s anxiety about school:

  • Visit the school and/or classroom in advance
  • Keep your own anxieties from your children
  • Do not belittle your child’s feelings
  • Relate stories of your childhood, for example, about your first day of school

Talk with your child’s physician for more information about how to help your child feel comfortable about starting school.

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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