Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bibi | 2008/09/03


Fear of People (desperate mom)

My Son is 15 months old and has a terrible fear of strangers and people he does not know. Sometimes even family members he has not seen for some time - he becomes hysterical, crying and clinging to the person who is holding him, shakes in fear. I was home with him for the 1st year of his life and now he is with his grandmother, he does not have much interaction with other people and I sense this is where his fear is coming from. It has got so bad now that he is actually vomitting out of fear and stress. I have booked him into baby classes once a week and he will be going to a day care in the new year. Please could you give me some advice on how to get help him with this problem-Is there maybe a therapy I can take him too? is this normal for some one so young to be in this state of utter fear. Greatly concerned

Expert's Reply



This is not uncommon at your son's age. At this stage of his life the main fear that children have is that of being separated from their mother. Fear of strangers is also common. It is usually a combination of these two situations which causes such distress. This is usually a passing problem and tends to disappear within a few months. In the meantime your reassuring presence is very important and a cuddle and a bit of reassurance is all that is usually needed. If you suspect that your son's problem is unusually svere or it persists beyond the age of 2 years then he should be seen by a child psychologist.

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Posted by: Anon | 2008/09/03

I think its a stage if I remember correctly?

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