What do I need to know about caring for a child with situational phobias?

If your child has situational phobias, remember that although the fear may seem excessive or irrational to you, to your child it is very real and can feel extremely terrifying. It is important therefore not to trivialize the child's fear, but instead to discuss the fear openly and respectfully. Taking pains to avoid the feared situation may have the unintended effect of reinforcing your child's fear, so instead provide your child with support and patience to slowly face and cope with the fear. Teach your child relaxation techniques to control the anxiety associated with the feared situation. If necessary, discuss treatment options with your child's doctor.

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