Do You Have A Child Who's Afraid Of The Balloon?

Pawtoki - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 31/2 year old son was afraid of the balloon. Everytime he sees it he cries and asks that someone take away the balloon.Any suggestion to take his fear away?

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Tabitha - posted on 12/02/2011

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i have a 9 month old daughter that is affraid of balloons she panics and cries yet she has never heard one pop not sure why she is sooooo affraid of them but u can see the panic in her eyes when she sees one and of course all three other kids love them what can i do to help her please

Erin - posted on 01/22/2010

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yes, my son used to be scared of balloons. I would have him sit on my lap and someone bring me a balloon, I would play with it then let him play with it on my lap. As long as he was with me he was ok with it. Eventually he loved them, everytime he saw one he wanted them.

Krista - posted on 01/22/2010

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Be careful with this -- there is actually such a thing as a phobia of balloons. I have one. I'm fine just seeing balloons, but if I see someone blowing one up too big, or squeezing it, or playing it, or doing anything else that risks popping it, my heart races and I feel so anxious that I could just cry. So go gentle if you want to try desensitizing him. Just get him used to deflated ones first. Then maybe blow one up really small, and knot it off, and see if he wants to play with it -- where it's so tiny, it's a lot less likely to pop. I would recommend researching globophobia, and perhaps talk to a licensed therapist about how to deal with this. Whatever you do, don't push him too hard and don't laugh at him -- I don't know how many people have laughed at me about my phobia because it's something "silly" as opposed to a phobia of heights or closed spaces.

Holly - posted on 01/21/2013

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i had a child who was afraid of the Happy Birthday song until she was like 6... we had to come up with a new song for her... i laughed my butt off over it... but i just held her close when other people would sing it... she was that way since infancy... i don't know what about it scared her so bad... but i found it hilarious.

Nhel - posted on 01/21/2013

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my little girl is afraid of balloons..i just noticed yesterday when i tried to give her the balloon...she just cry and hug me ... she is just 9 month old..

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Pawtoki - posted on 01/22/2010

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Thanks you all so much for your advices.It is such a pleasure to meet all of you here and ask for any advises.You are wonderful friends.

Jolene - posted on 01/22/2010

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Just show him what one actually is, if you haven't tried that. Have one and blow it up and show him by letting the air come out in your face and blowing your hair. Teach him how it is just silly air you put in there. Tell him, see how silly, I can make it big or little by blowing more air.

I had a child that was deathly afraid of stuffed animals. This child would actually shake from the fear. I just made sure not to feed into the fear and have them around everyday for a few minutes to show him they didn't move unless he moved them, that they were just a pillow shaped like an animal. I think sometime they feed off of us, and how we approach the problem. Like it is no big deal or quickly fixing it for them as if it is a problem.

Eva - posted on 01/22/2010

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i have a 4yr old girl and she is kind of scare of not a balloon but the blender when is on. i notice that every time the blender is on she will cry and try to run and get behind me....... i stop turning on the blender when she was close to me. then when somebody else will turn it on i will hold her in my arms and walk with her slowly and put one finger to touch the blender. then i will talk to her about nothing is going to happen that she will be just fine. right now it looks like shes ok with the noise, but not a whole lot. she can handle the noise a little bit more now.

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