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How to help your child feel less anxious

By Claudia Hammond

Every child, just like every adult, feels anxious sometimes. But for some, anxiety can take over, stopping them doing the things they enjoy.

Research by Prof Cathy Creswell from Reading University, the author of books on how to overcome anxiety in childhood, has demonstrated that there are things that parents can do to help alleviate their child’s anxiety.

Here are some tips based on her research and on other recent studies on anxiety.

1) Be aware that it’s natural for childhood anxiety to move through stages.

Four to eight year olds might worry about ghosts, monsters or animals, while older children are more likely to fear getting hurt through real but rare events such as murder, terrorism or nuclear war.

How to help your child feel less anxious