My 4 1/2 year old is suddenly having germ phobia

Mindy - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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There has been nothing but N1H1 talk and germs on the Disney Channel, the internet ...Disney, PBS for the last couple of months (which did not seem to bother him) now all of the sudden (in the last 3 or 4 days) my son is obsessesed with washing his hands and keeps talking about germs getting on him. He started having melt downs the last few days saying his clothes now have germs on them & he has to change, saying he will have to throw away his toys because they have germs on them now. I have tried to explain about “good” germs & “bad” germs, letting him know he just needs to wash his hands after the toilet and before eating. I don’t know if it is just a phase & to give in to his obsession or to put my foot down & say “no! You can not change your clothes until tonight”. Either way it seems like I will make things worse.

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Danielle - posted on 01/15/2010

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It might be just a phase with all the confusion he has with everything he's hearing. I would continue to praise him for washing his hands, but also explain that he could also get sick from not having any germs. The big point to make with him ( I believe), is that your his mommy and you love him very much and you would never do anything to hurt him. That he can trust you to do what's best for him. Maybe that would help? He will probably stop after a while. If not, maybe ask his doctor.

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