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Childhood Fears

There are many fears children have while growing up. Some of them may be rational and other irrational due to not understanding the world fully. In this article you can learn of some of the childhood fears that many children have.

Loud Noises: This fear is usually common for babies and even toddlers. Babies are not fond of loud noises such as thunder, the vacuum cleaner, a crash, etc. This is very normal behavior and is not something that yo should be concerned about.

Strangers: Being separated away from people that they do not know can be a very scary experience for all children. Staying at a babysitter’s house that they are not familiar with may not be something that they look forward to. If possible, have your child stay with someone that they are familiar with. It may also be a good idea to introduce your child to the babysitter a few times before you leave them there without you.

Dark: Many children are afraid of the dark. It is a very common fear and can be lessened with a nightlight or a flashlight right next to your child’s bed. The dark can make every noise seem scarier and ever shadow be extremely frightening.

Masks: Halloween is a scary time for many children because they encounter so many scary masks. This is a normal childhood fear.

News: As the child gets older, they may be fearful of what they hear on the news or read in the newspaper. Sometimes these fears may be so strong that they are afraid to leave their home or comfortable place. It is important to be there for your child and help them realize that it is important to live life everyday and not think about what may or may not happen.

Illness: Many kids have the fear of becoming ill. This fear is good to some extent, but in some cases it may be extreme. While it is important for your child to wash their hands, it is not normal behavior to not go in public because of the fear of getting germs.

If your child experiences these fears, it is most likely normal childhood behavior and it is best to offer your support to them as best as possible. If these fears are taking over their life and how they live daily, it may be a good idea to take them into see the doctor to get these fears diagnosed and treated.

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