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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

School Phobia



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


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