Hyperventilation and fight or flight are linked to anxiety in children.

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, but some children may have an anxiety disorder that causes a more serious reaction to everyday stressors. This can include meltdowns and tantrums that may not be developmentally appropriate. After the age of three, tantrums usually decrease, but if they continue after that, it could be a sign of more than normal developmental anxiety.

Observe your child's anxious behavior and pay attention to the meltdowns and frustrations, which can be signs of anxiety and too much stress.

When your child begins to hyperventilate, they may experience the following: – Becomes dizzy because not enough oxygen is pushed to the tissues. – Has cold hands and feet because the blood flow is reduced to their extremities. – Headaches and loss of concentration because blood flow to the brain is decreased. – Feels like they can’t breathe.

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