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    How do parents identify unknown trauma in children which has taken place during the toddler age (1-5)? How can it be rectified for betterment?

    Team ParentCircle Answered by Team ParentCircle


    Dear Parent,

    This question is very significant because, with the right guidance, we can definitely change a child’s development path. A child can experience physical, social-emotional, or cognitive trauma.

    Physical trauma such as illnesses or injuries are obvious and receive immediate attention. Emotional trauma (feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, or anger associated with certain experiences) often go unnoticed and could show up as behavior problems. Emotional hurt due to physical or emotional abuse can also show up as symptoms – physical or behavioral.

    If physical symptoms such as persistent headache, stomachache, etc do not respond to medical treatment, or the doctor says that there is no health reason for these symptoms it’s best to look for clues by turning attention to the child’s emotions. Help your child express these emotions. He will do so only if he feels safe and secure with you and trusts that you will comfort and help him. This requires parents to establish a warm, secure relationship with the child at all times.

    However, symptoms of an earlier trauma could show up at any time. The important thing is to respond immediately. First consult with your child’s pediatrician for the physical symptom; or a professional counselor for behavior, and social and emotional symptoms.

    Follow these links to know more about building a positive parent-child relationship:

    Positive Language helps build the Parent-Child Relationship

    Why Expressing Emotions Is Healthy For Your Child

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