Is your child getting tired after school, especially as the year heads towards completion and the pressure at school starts to build?
If so,you could be dealing with an undetected eye problem! For kids who seem to be getting tired fast or getting tired easily, the visual system is almost always involved to some degree, and often is the dominant cause of a child getting tired. It is also the reason many children start to struggle in their school performance, and why you often see their grades decreasing as the year rolls on.
Vision Could be the Reason for Your Child Getting Tired
Let’s face it, an overly tired child is a common thing at any time of the year, and can have a variety of causes. As a behavioural optometrist, I find an increase in tired children as the year progresses, especially for the younger kids in Prep and Grade 1.
Obviously, as time goes on and the year progresses, kids are getting tired very quickly because the pressure of performing in school is increased. In fact, for most school-aged children, the bar is raised during the year, and the demands, both visual demands, academic skills and emotional demands, are increased also.
Unlike adults, you cannot rely on kids to verbalise their fatigue in the way you or I would. Often children, especially younger children, have no real understanding of exactly how they feel, or are unable to put into words the tiredness they are feeling. So if you are relying on your child to say, “I’m getting tired,” or “Why am I always so tired, ” then you may be missing the key indicators.
The most common symptom of a child getting tired is not complaints of fatigue, sore eyes or headaches. The main symptoms are poor concentration span and irritability, especially if you notice these signs increasing after school or towards the end of their school day. You might say, “Clearly I have a child getting tired because school is too much for them,” but you should ask yourself why this is becoming more apparent the longer the year progresses.
What to Look for in a Child Getting Tired Due to Vision…
So what exactly do you look for in a child who is starting to struggle with tiredness at school, or after school. Here’s a list of the most common things we see as the year progresses…
Irritability, especially late in the day or after school. You may feel like you always get the worst behaviour when they get home
Defiance, when the well-behaved child you sent to school suddenly turns into a fiery demon at home
Poor concentration or day dreaming in class, late in the day or during homework
Avoidance of homework, or delay tactics like going to the toilet, sharpening pencils, etc.
Poor performance during homework, making silly mistakes of misreading words they normally would read without problems
Sore, tired or red eyes, especially after school
Headaches or demonstrations of tiredness, like collapsing in front of the TV or falling asleep early.
Tiredness Due to Vision is Easily Dealt With
If your child is getting tired easily or unusually irritable, you can look at diet, behaviour modification and disciplining them.
Or you can take a positive step and stop them getting tired fast by dealing with the easiest thing to treat… vision-related tiredness.
Our experience is that the right diagnosis and treatment, usually with comfortable, inexpensive reading glasses or specially designed multifocal glasses, can work wonders.
If a visual problem is detected and treated, you might have your little angel back after school, and see their school performance increase dramatically as well. Why make them suffer when you have the power to make life and learning wonderful again?
So if you find your child getting tired, especially late in the day as the year rolls on, then come and see us at Eye CU Optometrist.
We can turn your overly tired child into the kid you remember, and quite possibly supercharge your child’s learning aat te same time!