Child Psychology and Behaviour

Phobia

Ritu
3 to 7 years

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Updated on May 14, 2014

Hi,   My daughter is 4. 5 year old. She is an active child. However, she is scared of many things. Many things are such that I don't think children of her age should be scared of For eg - Rain, clicking of photos(she is scared only if we go to a photographer not scared at home), scared of going to denstist (this I think  is still ok as many children might have this fear). Recently I put her in a summer camp and she is scared of going there as well. Any suggestions what can I do to handle this situation.  

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Ritu

| May 23, 2014

Thanks everyone. Will certainly try to follow these...

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AM

| May 15, 2014

I remember my son was less than two he used to fear of Crakers sounds on Diwali and wedding & cooker whistle he used to cry like anything. I always want my kiddo rough n tough.... I used to pick him in my arms and tell him that whistle sounds comes from here when mama cooks.... and nothing happens... and used to make him touch the same..... in just two three time he understood... same came case with crackers.... during Dushera... I took him in my arms and hold him tightly and tell him see how it is enjoyable... its is celebration.... I told him during Diwali as well.. showed him some video on youtube.... Trust me ....in last Diwali(tht time he was 3. 5yrs) he hold Fuljadi in hand and enjoyed. See only parents can help child will all these phobia and fear as kids trust parents the most.... as sooon as you eliminate them better it is.

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Shikha Batra

| May 14, 2014

Hi dear Ritu! Fears amongst children is not uncommon at this age. It is advisable please do not ignore her fears by calling them baseless. Recognize her fears, talk to her about it. One by one deal with it. For example - When it is raining u cud explain her logically about how clouds are formed, what is lightning, how thunderstorm come. But language should be simple and idea should be not to scare her. And do not force her to go out in rain. u should seem to be confident while explaining things. With time her fear should fade away. But if not dealt with right away it might persist in the longer run too. About pic clicking, She might have somehow connected that feeling that lightning is followed by sound when it rains similarly when a photographer clicks it is somewhat similar to lightning of the clouds. so something scary might follow. For a dentist u cud explain it out that is she does not visit a dentist, she might not come to know about the problems she might face later such as cavities, caries, tooth decay etc. she will not look good with such problems in the longer run and u cud share ur experience how much u had to to suffer because of not visiting a dentist at an early age. Fear of dentist like other fears might take time to vanish. If she still does not agree after repeated efforts, u cud wait till she is prepared. Hope this helps!

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Meenu

| May 14, 2014

Make her face each of her phobias. Make her do them on her own. Say, take her out when it rains, enjoy it with her. Allow her to click photos. Tell her what a beautiful experience it is to go out and click photos. There might be something which might be scaring her. Find that out and she should be a fearless girl pretty soon!

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Swati

| May 14, 2014

Ritu! You must talk to her. Try and understand what is causing this. Try and explain ample number of things to her, but slowly. Target each phobia one by one. Soon you'll see she will be telling you about her fears on her own. All the best :)

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Parentune Support

| May 14, 2014

Hi Ritu, You may refer to this blog- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-handle-phobias-in-children/328

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