What is Only Child Syndrome?
Only Child Syndrome is one of the most common behavioral syndromes found in kids. The syndrome actually gives it a negative connotation; however, it is not exactly the same as others. It is developed after birth and the syndrome is more of behavioral then biological. The Only Child Syndrome is obviously found in those kids who are the only child of their parents. The name itself suggests that the kids are different from the others. It may sound very simple that a child is only pampered and he or she behaves differently. However, it is not so simple indeed. The Only Child Syndrome can cause serious complications in the lifestyle of a child. However, it has some positive aspects too. The kids who are having Only Child Syndrome sometimes also called “Spoilt” or “Pampered” in non-medical terms.
Characteristics of Only Child Syndrome
The characteristics of the Only Child Syndrome are deeper then they appear. The kid with Only Child Syndrome tends to remain isolated from the crowd and rest of the people. It gives a huge impact on the childhood which then carries forward to the adulthood as well. The children face huge problems as they avoid mingling with others. It becomes a serious issue in adulthood and teenage. The child separates himself from the others and generally remains self-centered. However, the child may develop some good habits too due to the syndrome. The most common positive impacts are practicing healthy and hygienic lifestyle. But the negative list is so long that overcomes the positive side of the Only Child Syndrome sufferer.
Symptoms of Only Child Syndrome
It is very important for the family especially parents to identify and observed their kids if they are only child. The symptoms of the Only Child Syndrome can very well indicate the complications and they should take immediate action to eradicate the problem in order to provide their kid a healthy and normal life.
- The kid has difficulties to mingle with others and make friends. He loves to stay alone and isolated.
- He is very shy.
- He generally talks to an imaginary friend and talks to himself.
- The maturity rate is slower than the normal kids.
- The kid does not share the problems and tends to be with it.
- He is not at all confident.
- He has serious issues with happiness and does not want to be happy.
- He is way too exceptional and does not behave properly with others.
- There is a lack of competitive attitude, and the child may be hostile or jealous.
- They seek attention all the time and gets irritated if not given.
- They are sometimes self-insufficient as well.
- They are very self-esteemed and emotional.
- They tend to bring prestige in everything.
- Faces huge problems in doing team work and often remains incapable of performing it.
- Does not want to share anything with others.
- Faces difficulties live their life by own.
- They do not develop family or friendship bond and remains isolated.
All the symptoms are very complicated and can interfere in normal life. If any of the symptoms is noticed in your kid then, it is best to address it as early as possible.
Treatment of Only Child Syndrome
As it is a behavioral syndrome, so there is hardly any treatment for it. However, support therapies and consultations are equally needed to address the situation. It is the most important duties of the parents to take the primary treatment for the syndrome. Even though there is no medication for it but friendly behavior, mingling with others and constant indulgence with the child may help to reduce the effect. The parents should always be supportive and caring. They should try to make the child understand the value of team work and create situation where the child can actually have friends and can play together. The problem can only be solved at the childhood; otherwise it may become too late. Regular consultation with medical experts and therapies may also be helpful in the situation.