Are you worried because your child: Seems irritable or has angry outbursts? Gets upset or has headaches/ stomachaches/ heart pounding at reminders of injury/ illness? Startles easily (for example, jumps if there is a sudden noise)? Some behavior changes come from feeling worried or stressed. Changes in child behavior can include crying, angry outbursts or temper tantrums, whining, clinging, and acting out in frustration. These feelings and behaviors are common. How can you help your child through behavior changes? Be patient with your child At the hospital, children’s early reactions, including crying, whining, clinging, or acting out, are common and expected in small amounts. If they happen too often, it’s okay to set rules and limits like you would at home. Work with the medical team to plan a daily routine so that things are more predictable and familiar. With teens, remind them it’s okay to be confused, angry, or scared and to talk about their feelings. Recognize tha
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