Posted by: Laurel | 2010/07/15



Hi there,

Please assist, about 2 months ago my son had watched a movie with me. In this paticular movie there was a scene where a pet snake at home got out and was on the little girls bed. That same night about 2am he woke up sceaming hysterically that the snake was coming after him. I was up almost till 4pm with him in my arms on the bed trying to calm him down. He would look around the room and then on the bed and insist he can see the smake coming for him.
Since then he is so afraid to go into the room or be anywhere in the house alone. He is constantly behind me and will only go to be when we do. Most days he falls of to sleep in the lounge.
He has become fearful. We avoid him watching any movies that are scary. Last night he got up again and told me that there was monster on the wall coming for him. He came and hid underneath the blanket with me and I had to stay awake almost an hour trying to comfort him. Then he fell asleep so did I but right next to me. Please can you tell me why this is so?
He is with a daymother &  I am not sure how much television he watches during the day. Why has he become so afraid.
What can I do to help him and get him out of this fear?

Expert's Reply



I think you know the answer to your question. Your son [age not mentioned] has been scared out of his wits by the TV programme he watched. It is essential to make sure that son child watches only suitable child-friendly programmes.Your son fears will get less with time but it may not be very soon.You need to reassure him. He can possibly help you to make up his bed and also make his room as friendly as possible. Use a night light in his room. Read to him before bedtime and only read very happy stories, nothing that will frighten him. It will help to stop him watching all TV for a while as each time he watches he expects the snake to reappear again.

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