It's perfectly normal for children to have anxiety. In fact, that anxiety is often what keeps your curious toddler from doing something that could land him in the emergency room. But in some cases, a child's anxiety can take over and become debilitating. If you're worried that your child's stress may be getting in the way of his development, there are some early signs your toddler has anxiety that you should be aware of.
As Parents mentioned, separation anxiety, potty training, and even exposure to the evening news can cause stress for many toddlers. And since they may not totally understand what's going on or have the words to tell you how they're feeling, you need to watch for unusual behaviors to give you a clue that something more serious may be going on. Irregular sleep patterns, difficulty accepting change, and reliance on habits are just a few of the signs your toddler is dealing with anxiety.
And while some anxiety is natural, it is important to know when it's something more serious. As Parents pointed out, when stress interferes with your child's daily life and development, you may need to consult your doctor.
More than likely, your toddler will grow out of some of his anxieties as he matures, as Baby Center suggested. In the meantime, there are things you can do to help him manage his emotions. As Parents mentioned, monitoring media exposure, following a consistent schedule, and offering extra affection can help your toddler cope with his feelings of anxiety.