Health Watch - Bullying: Signs of Trouble

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With the new school year starting soon, it’s important to address an issue that may affect many children when they’re back among their classmates: bullying. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about bullying and how parents can help their children cope. Before a parent can help a child deal with bullying, the parent has to be aware there’s a problem.

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan Walsh, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there are some signs that may indicate a child is being bullied. A bullied child may have unexplained bruises, scratches or cuts. The child may be anxious or afraid about going to school and sad or teary when coming home. Clothes, books or other belongings may be damaged or missing. The child may complain frequently of headaches or stomachaches, especially just before school, and the child may have low self-esteem. If you notice these signs, talk to the child and to school authorities to see if bullying is a possibility.

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August 2010


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