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Should my child see a doctor to treat his fear or phobia?

Fear of certain specific objects or situations is common, normal, and usually temporary in young children. Treatment is warranted only if fears are excessive and unreasonable, persist for a long time, or occur at an inappropriate age. Some common objects of childhood phobias are thunderstorms, water, elevators, choking, blood, large animals, and insects.

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