Signs of trauma in a child include aggressiveness, sexualized behavior, physical symptoms, general fearfulness, anxiousness, irritability, and sadness. A child may also daydream, detach, lose recent development achievements, have trouble sleeping, or avoid things. He or she may react to reminders, become controlling or over-permissive, display physical symptoms like headaches, and so on.
Knowing how to identify these signs of trauma is crucial as it allows parents and caregivers to help their kids cope with the trauma healthily. Signs of unhealthy coping may also be indicative that a visit with a professional might be required.