Warning signs of serious behavior problems

Some behaviors that grandchildren engage in can hurt the child and others around them. Grandparents should seek professional help if their grandchild exhibits any of the following behaviors:

• Hurting or talking of hurting oneself,other people,or animals

• Withdrawing for a long time and showing no interest in activities and other people

• Not eating for several days at a time

• Sleeping too much

• Too much interest in violent materials

• Major problems in school or day care

• Setting fires or talking about setting fires

• Acting out sexually

• Threatening other people

• Lying or stealing

These behaviors may be a child's way of asking for help.They may be signs that a child has a problem that needs to be treated and that won't just go away on its own.

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