Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Worried mom | 2012-02-16


Could it be insecurities

Hi Doc,

this isnt a health question, but more about my daughters behaviour. She is 3yrs old and I have just put her in a new preschool (she has been been at a small play school before) Since starting this new school, she has become very scared of things and loud noises effect her and make her scared. For example she will cover her ears when I am running her bath water. And certain kids movies that she has always loved now makes her so scared she will hide under the couch. I am not sure if this behaviour is something to be concerned about or if she is just feeling a bit insecure going from a small school to a really big one.

Expert's Reply



This does not appear to be due to your daughter being insecure at her new school. It is quite common for children of this age to be over-sensitive to sounds and noises and this is known by the medical term 'hyperacusis' Read more about 'hyperacusis' on Google. It would be best to ask an audiologist to see your daughter and to advise you about her diagnosis and whether she requires any treatment.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-02-16

she is probably feeling somewhat unsettled by her change in environment. Think how you feel if you change jobs or when you went to high school. It can take a few months to fully settle in a new environment, whether we are adults or children.

That said, toddlers do seem to all of a sudden become afraid of things that never worried them before - the vacum cleaner, a dog barking in the distance, a plane flying overhead - so it might also just be that normal phase of toddler development.

With my son I used to make up stories about " John the Bettle Car"  who lived ina garage and used to go to a school and would talk all about his adventures in the day. My son would regularly pipe up " mom, that also happened to me"  and then tell me a bit about what had been worrying him. Maybe your daughter needs to hear about " Cindy the fairy doll"  who went to a new school and all athe ways things were different from her old school and how she started making friends with new children and teachers and what activities she did in the day. Just a suggestion.

One day my son did turn to me and say " mom, I know that story is about me" .

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