Posted by: Tabs | 2009/10/16



Recently my 5 year old son is afraid of everything. He doesn' t want to stay by himself in any room dayor night, he is aware of every little sound, he doesn' t sleep by himself throughout the night anymore, halfway he comes to our room and tell me there are things or sounds in his room. If anybody mentions a robber,hi-jacker or anything scary he becomes very alert and ask a lot of questions. We have never had any break-ins, i don' t know where he gets all this scary stories. Is there any medication i can give him to remedy this? I always try to allay his fears by telling him there is nothing scary in the house and God is always watching him. Please help! Thanks.

Expert's Reply



Something must have frighetend your son to have started this intense fear. Perhaps he heard something at school or more likely he saw something on TV which has frightened him. This is a passing phase but your son needs lots of patience and support now. If he has a nightmare go to him and reassure him. Put a nightlight in his room. Before he goes to sleep at night read happy stories to him such as Winnie the Pooh. If his fears persist he will need to see a child psychologist.

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