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Erin - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 144 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old daughter is, any idea for how to cure a child of it or should I just wait for her to grow out of it?

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Lacey - posted on 01/24/2010

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my son HATES the vacuum cleaner!! just the sight of it makes him run away in horror! haha

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Lynsey - posted on 01/28/2010

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I started carrying my little boy with me when I would vacuum. It helped! He started to think he was the one vacuuming and it made it a little more fun instead of a crazy machine making lots of noise.

HEATHER - posted on 01/25/2010

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by her a toy one and have her push it around with you while you push yours....don't turn yours on though; or let her push yours with you while its off . after a while she'll get the idea that it's safe. then you can try turning it in and having her push it with you.

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Yes, my younger son Daniel, was so afraid of the vacuum cleaner, but in reality he was affraid of extreamly loud noises like vacuum, blender, sirens, lawn mowers, electric saw, and such. I really don't know why but yes my son is even affraid of the flush of the public restrooms that make a very loud noise. He is 4 now by the way.

Allison - posted on 01/23/2010

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my son is 6 months old and he LOVES the vaccuum. He always screams and tries to be louder than the vaccuum. It's so cute :)

Brookelyn - posted on 01/23/2010

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I let my son play with it before I turn it on, and then I set him up on the couch or carry him while I'm vacuuming. If I don't do that, then he screams like someone is pinching him! He's 20mos and still scared.

McCall - posted on 01/23/2010

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Grant hated the vacuum cleaner. It was the loud noise that bothered him. He's now starting to out grow it at age 2.

Melissa - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter always used to scream when she was little to the extent that I had to do it when she wasnt around but as she got old enough to understand (just over 1 year) I made a game of it that it was the gobbly monster that would eat up all our mess and sing funny songs and dance while I was doing it. I'd prop her up on the couch so she was up above it (in comparison to being down at ground level as it's more scary down there when on the same height as the vacuum cleaner) and within a few times she started to giggle and now she's just fine. The noise is scary though and it comes on really fast too which can give them a fright. Hope that this helps?

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Sometimes they don't grow out of it. My daughter is 5, and after years of research I have come to find out she has sensory issues. Hates to hear the toilet flush, garbage disposal, hair dryer etc... But she's learned to cope. SHe covers her ears, leaves the room if vacuum is on, which is better then standing and screaming. So there's hope!

Pati - posted on 01/23/2010

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Hi my baby used to sleep when i had one one now i changed my vacuum for a different one and she is afraid now... ;)

Danielle - posted on 01/23/2010

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My 8 month old is afraid of vacuums... She'll screama dn throw a fit if I run it when she's in the room.

Savannah - posted on 01/22/2010

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Ha HA HA lol my one year old son is terrified of it. If i even bring it out around him he starts screaming. I have tried to let him play with it, but he won't tollerate it at all. I am just going to let him grow out of it.

Therese - posted on 01/22/2010

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3 of my 5 are afraid or have been afraid of the vacuum. The 2 boys just hate loud noises, my 2 year old girl is even terrified of her play vacuum (there goes my hope of her "helping" to get used to it, lol) I'm just waiting for them to outgrow it. I don't make a big deal of it, I just vacuum and the kids run off and hide in the other room now.

Samantha - posted on 01/22/2010

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my child is deathly afraid of the vacume Ive tryed absolutly everything. he loves it when it is off but he wont come near it when it is on. he goes and runs in the closet and shuts the door.

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Actually both my daughters love the vacuum. I know, it sounds funny. They love when I vacuum their clothes, hair, or feet.

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My son was deathly afraid of it for awhile but he's much better now. As long as I am between him and the vacuum when I turn it on then he is fine. I also try not to look like I'm chasing him with it. In general he is not a big fan of loud, sudden noises but he does much better if I am right there with him.

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2010

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My little girl is. She has always been and still is even though she is now almost three.Me and my husband always have to have her preoccupied to even use it.Usually either my older kids take her in the room to play or me or my husband will have her in the back bedroom.I don't know if maybe the sound is just too loud for them and their ears might just be sensitive to the noise but I have not figured out how to get her to not be scared of it.Also she is afraid of the carpet cleaner

Rebecca Lynn - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son was terrified to he would run and hide on the couch while I vacuumed I let him help me vacuum a few times and touch the end with his hand, he is good now :) Now just to get him unterrified of the fire alarm.

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2010

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the vacuum has the highest decibel level of most household items and children have very sensitive hearing, be cautious but I wouldn't avoid using it around children, it took my toddler a while to like it now its her favorite chore to do herself!

Leah - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have 2 toddlers. One is 2 and the other is 3. Both had fears of the loud vrmmm of the vacuum. I had to vacuum so I just saw them crying and turned it off, picked him/her up and held them close to me while I vacuumed. It seemed to help that they had the security of Mommy's chest to hold on to and they just held tight at first. Now they tell me they can't hear the t.v. and that I need to turn it off. But, hey they are no longer scared...lol

Cindy - posted on 01/22/2010

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How old is your child that is afraid of the vacuum cleaner? If your child is an infant then it is to be expected that he or she would be afraid of it, or even at 2 or 3 they can be afraid of it sometimes too. But really do not worry about it, they WILL grow out of it, I promise you that. Plus all you have to do is put your child in a separate room and have the door closed while you vacuum out in the living room and then when you vacuum in the bedrooms just close the doors and have your child be in the living room.

Kathryn - posted on 01/22/2010

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I would suggest like someone else said to carry them if you can while you vacuum or maybe see if they would like to vacuum themselves. That may help. Mine just eventually grew out of it.

Sheree - posted on 01/22/2010

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My 2 year old has always loved the vacuum cleaner. We have one of those big upright ones, and from little she would come and want to sit on it, so i could push her around on it. And every time I turn it on now she wants to push it and help.

Maybe you could get a toy one for your child to play with and use while you do the vacuum, or let them play with yours when its not switched on, try to make a game out of it. Its not nice when your child is upset hope you find something that helps.

Beckie - posted on 01/22/2010

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my daughter is scared of henry vacums dont no why but if she sees one she hides even if its the toy ones you can get, weird lol

Rachel - posted on 01/22/2010

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My three yr old step daughter is also deathly afraid of it, I have to warn her everytime I use it that I am turning it on..It I don't she crying and screaming for quite awhile. I don't have an idea as to how to get her to realize it is okay and won't hurt her. I have even tried letting her help me vacuum.

Chris - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son has been this way forever and he is almost five. He also doesn't like the mixer, public toliets etc. Finally after he couldn't handle the noise in the YMCA gym I decided it was time to ask my pediatrician. He sent us to an occupational therapist who diagnosed my son with Sensory Processing Disorder.

This may be something your child will out grow or get used to but if you suspect that isn't happening you should get them checked for a sensory issue.

HEATHER - posted on 01/22/2010

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yes!! my four year old daughter has a fit every single time i take it out!! you are not 'alone' on that one!! lol

Pawtoki - posted on 01/22/2010

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I remembered my son used to do that too. When he was between 1 and 2 years old he cried and was shaken when he heard the sound of the vaccume cleaner. Slowly, when he grew older he got smarter and no longer afraid of it. There is nothing you can do about it and ther's nothing wrong with a kid afraid of the vaccume. Just wait patiently and they will grow out of it.

Diana - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yeah, several of mine were scared of the vacuum cleaner. For some it was the noise, and for at least one of them, they were afraid of being sucked in. I remember being afraid of being sucked in when I was little.

Naomi - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son was very scared of the vacuum. I would hold him while i vacuumed and he grew out of it. Now he wants to help vacuum and sometimes wants to ride it.

Naomi - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son was very scared of the vacuum. I would hold him while i vacuumed and he grew out of it. Now he wants to help vacuum and sometimes wants to ride it.

Naomi - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son was very scared of the vacuum. I would hold him while i vacuumed and he grew out of it. Now he wants to help vacuum and sometimes wants to ride it.

Crystal - posted on 01/22/2010

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We live in a townhouse and the upstairs bedrooms, hall, and the stairs are all carpet (sometimes makes me wish we had taken another apartment we were offered, it was all hardwood.) My son loved the vacuum until he was about 8 months. He's 20 months now and horrified of it. He has to be moved from room to room while I vacuum. My mom bought him a fisher price vacuum to play with. It has music, numbers, letters, and vacuum sounds. He loves it, and the last time I vacuumed he looked at my vacuum, then his, then mine and just kinda tilted his head thinking. He hasn't been AS afraid of it but he still is. He'll grow out of it eventually I hope.

Cara - posted on 01/22/2010

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My kids are also afraid of the vacuum!! Although my son is not so afraid anymore but my daughter still is so I make sure she is sitting on a couch when I am vacuuming and that she is watching to see exactly what I am doing with it. My opinion is to just let them grow out of it. Don't make a big deal about it.

Deanna - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son was so scared of it that he didn't even want to see one and if someone turned one on, he would scream, run away to his room or wherever he could find to go with his ears plugged and would get under the covers if there were any. He was like this for a long time (probably even past 4 years old). He was also deathly afraid of getting a hair cut with clippers and I was the one giving the haircut.....he was afraid of lawn mowers, weed eaters, hair dryers, blenders, anything that made those types of noises. Some things would make his whole body tremble. He didn't start talking until he was 3 and he also had some "different" behaviors. My babysitter thought I should have him tested for autism which I did...turns out he was not diagnosed as autistic but as developmentally delayed. He is now almost 8 and has grown out of most of the things I mentioned above but he still has some delays in learning certain things (especially since school seems to have gotten a lot more difficult these days). And he also seems to get obsessed with certain things. He's a good kid though. If you have any questions, please talk to your doctor. I went through an organization called "Child Find" to set up the test of autism. Let me know if you need any additional info!

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Ha ha! My little girl is very afraid of the vacuum. She runs away and then yells at me to turn it off. She has gotten better at it since I got her a toy vacuum, but the sound is loud and she says it scares her. The sound of cars scare her too, so I don't think that it is anything to worry about.

Lorna - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yeah my son is scared of loud sound, one time we took him for a movie called up, and he didnt even watched it cause he was soo scared of the sound. He just slept through the whole thing. And we paid for him too. Well, lucky my daughter wasnt but she was too young to get paid in anyways.

Louise - posted on 01/21/2010

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My 10 month old hated the hoover, this is what i did if it helps! I got other half to play with her while i started the hoovering, as soon as the noise starts she the crying, we would laugh and i know it sounds silly but i would dance around with the hoover which she found funny, the only problem now is that she expects me to boogie everytime i hoover, but shes no longer scared of it!

Maria - posted on 01/21/2010

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My 34-month-old daughter is deathly afraid of the vacuum. She shuts herself in her room, or her papa takes her outside while I vacuum. But she is beginning to be more curious and is braving the monster more, lately.

Lindsey - posted on 01/21/2010

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my daughter is so scared it isnt even funny... she screams until i shut it off...

Rachelle - posted on 01/21/2010

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When my baby was afraid of the vacuum she actually has a BAD EAR INFECTION. if you havn't taken you child to a dr. it may be hurting her ears, not scaring her. but if he's still scared and not having an infection i would suggest getting a dirt devil and showing him how to use it unplugged. my son loves to vacuum because he's mommys little helper. good luck!

Holly - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter was till the age of 6 then she got over it.. she stayed with her father and his new family, they were pretty mean and wild and scared her a lot with the vacuum.. yeah pretty sad but kids will be kids and its best to talk to them about there vacuum phobia and show them what its really used for.. my son is 23 months and i don't want him to go threw the same what his sister went threw, so i show him every time i vacuum that its just a cleaning machine that wont hurt you!. he likes it, and once when he gets around the vacuum, hell try to clean up his cracker mess on the carpet! kids are awesome...

Hazel - posted on 01/21/2010

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hi!!



my 2nd child lauren she hates it, have to move her room to room when i'm hooverin, she even hates it when it is off, she used to like it when she was crawlin around, but when she started walkin she can;t stand it,



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blender, hairdryer and sometimes hates when the washin machine is spinnin out the clothes!!

Julie - posted on 01/21/2010

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I could not vacuum from the day I brought my daughter home. She has to be out of the house while I vacuum. As she grew older, I started carrying her around as I vacuum. Now that she's 15 month, I tell her "mommy is going to vacuum, can you sit here and watch?" I'll sit her in her "corner" with her blankie and bear. She will sit there until I finish vacuuing the WHOLE house, even when she doesn't see me anymore.

Katie - posted on 01/21/2010

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my 19 month old is i try to show her its not gonna hurt her but i guess she'll realise eventually, i hope

Theresa - posted on 01/21/2010

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My Jacquelynn has always been afraid of it....lol....everytime we run it, some one has to hold her...lol

Jacqui - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son is very afraid of the vacuum.. he screams and doesn't want to go near it. I thank they will eventually out grow it. Just got wait.

Stephanie - posted on 01/21/2010

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my lil one used to cry even when we would open the closet door where the vacuum was! we started putting her in her high chair and giving snacks and then start vacuuming in the other room, and just work your way into the room!! also we would keep talking to her and telling her its ok!! we also afterward would start clapping and telling her good job! good luck hope some of this helps

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