How to Overcome Fear or Phobia in Young Children?
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How to Overcome Fear or Phobia in Young Children?

Fear or phobia is something which is more susceptible to young children than adults. The common ones being, fear of darkness, strangers, sounds, heights and so on.

Fear or phobia is something which is more susceptible to young children than adults. There can be a lot more variety of phobias than we actually know, which pervades little minds. The common ones being, fear of darkness, strangers, sounds, heights and so on. It still differs from child to child. The way one child responds to a situation or a fear will never be the same with another child. We can never be sure of their imaginations until they grow up to voice their fears to us.

My two year old son too had some kinds of fears and here is how I managed to tackle them to a greater extent.

I have been tracing quite uneasiness in my son while watching a particular commercial ad on TV. Every time it airs on TV, I could found him crying out loud or curling up on my lap. He runs to me for refuge. It could be the sight of a monster or the background sound that triggered this fear factor in him. Initial days were difficult to control him. I used to carry him and try to make him understand that he need not worry about it. After a lot of consolation and reassurance, continuously for days finally he was relieved from it. Another instance was when he started walking. Darkness frightened him and he wouldn't enter a dark room alone. Like every other parent, we too used to keep a baby lamp glowing for him throughout the night. Later we tailored the habit of making him sleep in a dark room. While playing too, we deliberately took him to darker rooms. And now he doesn’t bother to hide in a dark room.

In my opinion, the best way to help young children get over their fears is to ensure support for them. Another important thing is to let them face the situation and get used to it. Its important not to take their fears lightly, as it wont make them less fearful and would lower their self-worth and confidence in the long run. Parents should try to remain calm, cool and normal and reassure that they are always with them. If the child suspects that his/her parents too are scared or anxious about something, then they too picks those cues from their parents. Its so easy to get transmitted.

Apparently, some fears are helpful too. As they would make the kids stay alert and makes them behave carefully in a safe way. In my experience the most inevitable fact is being patient and intuitive. Sometimes a scientific way of handling a fear thought out from brain wouldn’t be of much help and something which we might intuitively feel could turn out to be the best possible solution. Have faith and be intuitive. That would help us in deciding the best thing, or may be it will just make us bump into someone by coincidence, who can share a similar story.

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Comments (3)

it is very important to not take their fears lightly or belittle their fears in any way.

so helpful, my elder daughter too had the same fears,

Fear is also our coping mechanism for something uncertain to bring us to the safe side. But I believe extreme fear of anything is a disorder. I agree we should supply support to children who need to overcome unfounded fear.