The Health Problems To Look Out For In Teenage Kids
Raising teenagers is hard for a multitude of reasons. It’s that age and period where your children really transform into something different. They go from being your sweet little cherubs into moody young adults full of emotions and feelings.
Life as a modern teenager is probably harder than it’s ever been compared to previous generations. There’s so much pressure on young adults that leads to a whole host of possible potential issues which can end up damaging the health of your child. As parents, it’s our responsibility to always have our child’s back and provide support even when they don’t ask for it. Bearing that in mind, here are some common teenage health problems you should look out for in your kids:
Eating disorders plague teenagers more than most. Especially teenage girls who are constantly being shown images from the media of what beauty should look like. It makes them very self-conscious, leading to them choosing not to eat or making themselves sick to try and lose weight. I advise all parents to take a look at www.psychologytoday.com as they list some key signs that indicate your child may have an eating disorder. Spot the signs, then seek help so they can try and overcome this problem. If you don’t try and do something, then it could be an issue that plagues them throughout life.
Addictions Of Any Kind
Teenagers are probably more likely to become addicted to things than anyone else. There’s so much pressure on today’s teenagers, and they always want to fit in. This could lead them to try drugs or alcohol because other people are doing it and they don’t want to be left out or socially shunned. So, they try something and might end up addicted to it. It notes on www.arcproject.org.uk that a big telltale sign of addiction in your child is a personality change. They go from being friendly and happy to a lot more reserved and on edge. If you spot this in your child, the best thing to do is talk to them and get the help they need.
Depression & Anxiety
It’s fair to say that a lot of adults suffering from depression/anxiety will have developed these issues in their teenage years. Again, it’s often to do with the stress of being a teenager in a world that’s dominated by social media and the need to be accepted by your peers. It’s so easy to feel left out and alone as a teenager in school. It’s easy for anxiety to be triggered by an event that happens during your teenage years as well. These feelings can manifest and turn into deep-rooted mental health problems. These are serious, and you should do your best to talk to your children as much as you can to see how they feel. If you think your child has a mental health issue, then talk openly with them and let them know you’re here to help if they need it.
Obviously, dealing with health problems is hard when it’s your children suffering from them. If you’re the parent of a teenager, then please watch out for any of these common problems as you can then act on them and get help for your child.
I'm a mum in my early 30s with over 15 years of childcare experience working as a private nanny, babysitter and a few years as a nursery teacher. I am also an approved foster carer and now I've got my own family too! I love finding great products for babies, children and mums.