Our expert says:
Horror stories or films can indeed have such an effect on kids, but they usually settle down before long. Meanwhile, sympathetically chat to him about his fears, and match them with rational ideas and facts about the situation ( for example, I doubt there are bats wherre you live ). Medicine would not be a great idea in this sort of situation. I such problems continue to trouble him beyond a week or two, seeing a child psychiatrist / psychologist could be useful in seeking an early resolution to this excessive sensitivity.
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