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Fear in kids: the most important causes and treatment for it

Fear is an innate emotion we are born with, present in animals and humans as well. That is, adults are also afraid, but there are things that we should not be afraid of, such as darkness when electricity is cut off, strangers approaching them, dealing with pets, but there are children who fear it excessively so that their innate fear turns into a pathological phobia that affects the conduct of their lives naturally.
In this article, we give some reasons and how to treat excessive fear in children.

The causes of excessive fear in kids:

Psychologists assure that fear is a natural feeling, but there are reasons that turn a natural fear into a complex disease that needs treatment, among those reasons:

  • The child's lack of self-confidence and his ability to overcome various problems and risks on his own, without depending on others.
  • Parents' mistreatment of the child, and his exposure to threats and severe punishment on a daily basis.
  • The child's speed of being affected by his mother or his father, for example: If the mother appears to have a fear of an animal, this fear will be transmitted directly to her child.
  • The parents' exaggerated fear of the child when he is exposed to a fall or injury, which causes the child to increase his own fear, confusion and tension in various situations.

The treating fear in children:

Here are some simple steps that will help you cure excessive fear in a child:

  • Excessive fear of the mother or father results in children who are afraid. If one of you feels fear of heights, dogs, ghosts, etc., the chance that your children will have the same fears is very great. It prevents your progress, because you owe it not only to yourselves, but also to your children, to work on reducing it and getting rid of it.
  • Remind your children of those fears they were feeling and how they were able to overcome them. Always tell them that they have enough strength to handle and control any new fears that you may face.
  • Keep your child away from fear triggers, such as reading stories that are full of myths, jinns and goblins, and explain to him that all of these things are imaginary that only ignorant people admit.
  • Surround your child in an atmosphere of emotional warmth, providing him with security and reassurance, with compassion and affection being reasonably firm and flexible.

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