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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

School Phobia

09/20/2006

Question:

My 5 year old daughter get sick or makes herself throw up just before school (kindergarden) each day. Is this common?

Answer:

Yes, it is common but it may progress to school phobia or the intentional feigning of illness to get out of going to school.  I would watch and evaluate the duration and timing of these instances and consult a health professional if they persist for longer than 1 month.

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Response by:

Kathleen A Pajer, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University