- Family Health

What To Do When Your Child Goes Quiet

When you are raising your kids, you want the very best for them. You buy them good food and good toys. You make sure they are dressed well and behave well for their age. Everything you do is focussing on giving the very best start in life. You want them to take advantage of every opportunity so they can go on to be responsible adults with good jobs.


If you have bright kids, they may be keen readers and enjoy writing little stories about their day. Some children love counting out their toys or helping you weigh ingredients for the evening meal. Others are athletic, running and jumping and making the most of the outdoors. The vast majority of kids love playing with other kids, even through their little spats and heated moments.

If your child suddenly seems quiet and withdrawn, you may be starting to panic about the many possible causes. There are many reasons why this may happen, and most of them are not related to autism. Autism can be a leading reason children are more insular and shy away from group activities. However, it is a rare condition, so don’t panic.

Other reasons for a sudden change in social preferences include a common cold. When we are feeling poorly, we feel run down and just want to sit back out of the way. There is nothing wrong with wanting a slower pace for a few days either. When your child is refusing your affections altogether, then there may be a reason to investigate further. Unexplained marks on your child’s body must also be investigated, and the company your child keeps should be questioned.

Sometimes, the reason for a reduction in speaking may be caused by the development of a stammer. There are many reasons a stutter may develop, and most of them are no cause for alarm. However, the stutter itself can lead to taunting and lack of confidence. Your child may choose not to speak much at all to hide it. You may want to find out how to stop stuttering to help your child by doing some research online or speaking to your doctor.

While children often get over setbacks, fights and losses quite quickly, some events become deeply affecting for a child. Speaking with your child, and giving them every opportunity to express themselves is key to rapidly overcoming it. Not all childhood sadness is long term or caused by abuse or bullying. A friend moving away or a poor mark at school can seem like the end of the world when you are young, so take the time to be sympathetic.

If you ever have any concerns about your child’s well-being, start by speaking to him or her. Often, your child will open up to you if you are not too pushy that they feel the issue is something that is wrong. If you cannot get a satisfactory answer or you have suspicions that something serious has occurred, speak to the teaching staff at the school, or to your doctor.