It’s normal for a child to have ups and downs, but parents should remember that if warning symptoms persist for more than a few weeks, it’s best to seek professional help. Sometimes they can be signs of a mental disorder, and only a specialist can diagnose what exactly is going on with your child.

We wish all parents patience and wisdom and share some signs in children that they need to pay attention to if they are going to last long.

Anger and mood swings

Sudden overwhelming anger, mood swings, or fear for no reason, sometimes accompanied by a racing heart or rapid breathing, can be a sign of mental illness.

Yes, tantrums are common in young children, but most outgrow them by kindergarten. It is not right for a child under 4 years old to have more than 9 tantrums per week.

No concern for their own appearance

If your child does not take care of their appearance and lacks cleanliness, it is not normal. Don’t let it go if you see your child ignoring being neat and looking messy.

Of course, children do not always like to be clean, but this is more of a constant or very pronounced manifestation.

Avoiding friends and family


Avoiding any social interaction, including family, can be a sign that something is up. If you notice that your child has started ignoring school and even his best friends, it is best to consult a specialist who can help find the reason for this and help them get back on track.

Not doing things he or she used to enjoy

Another emotional sign is if your child used to like to play certain games or loved certain foods but suddenly stopped enjoying them. Of course, tastes can change, but be extra vigilant as your child may have other symptoms as well.

Increased risk-taking behavior

Fighting, extreme sports, and skipping school are symptoms of risky behavior. It’s more about ignoring the consequences of your behavior. Risky behavior typically peaks in adolescence and then declines with age. Please do not ignore these signs and seek professional help.

How often do you consult with specialists about signs in your child that worry you? What would you do if your child started to miss school?