Tools to Help Kids Overcome Panic Attacks

Tools to Help Kids Overcome Panic Attacks

7 July 2022 • Words by Stefano Ceppi 2 mins

It’s estimated that one in every eight children will have an episode of severe anxiety at some point during their childhood. While some kids will only experience mild anxiety, others may have more severe reactions, such as panic attacks.

A panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of fear or anxiety that can come on without warning. Physical symptoms can include a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, and feeling dizzy or faint. For some kids, panic attacks can be so debilitating that they avoid situations or activities they fear may trigger another attack.

Fortunately, there are several things that parents can do to help their children overcome panic attacks.

Tools to Help Kids Overcome Panic Attacks

Breathing techniques can indeed be a powerful tool for managing emotions. The Moshi app has a beautiful section dedicated to breathing. Children may choose their favorite character and spend a few precious moments breathing as they watch Ping, SleepyPaws, or anyone else gently bounce up and down on a cloud of balloons. I suggest you go and check it out!

Stefano Ceppi

Neurodivergent father of two, and here to share what I've learned thus far! Qualified 200h RYT, AIMS Global Level 1 Mentor.