Fear of bugs! Does anyone know a way to help an almost 4 yr old little girl get over her fears?

Colleen - posted on 05/04/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




No bites, stings or anything have ever occured. I have never been a bug lover but also do not have a fear, so no one has freaked out in front of her. Her fear is newly founded and actually interfering with daily life. Please advise!!!


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Kemberley - posted on 07/12/2011




I am having issues with my 5 year old daughter too. I have started to bring her to therapy. The therapist said to introduce her through learning about them like some of the others suggested, so they aren't so scary (an ant farm, butterfly collection, nature classes, books about bugs, bug hunts-whatever you can think of). I wondered if putting a net around her bed would help too if she has trouble at night? My daughter had other nighttime issues too (sleep apnea) so now that it is being addressed, I am back to the bug (and now thunderstorm) fears. I honestly don't know how to address the thunderstorm one. For older kids and adults I have seen miraculous results with people who did hypnosis (on the Ellen show). Just thought I would pass that along!

Jenni - posted on 05/04/2011




I was a bug kid lol. I loved looking for and catching bugs. So I've shared my interest with my kids. We look for bugs under rocks and I point out various bugs to them in the garden. I always have a positive attitude about them. I'll say: Wow! Look at that cool bug! That's a ...." My kids love it and the first thing they want to do when we go to the back yard is "look for bugs". I think if you model a positive attitude about them it will help her get over her fear.

My SD has never liked animals and is afraid of many types. I just keep trying to show her different animals and show her how fascinated I am by them. She may not like most animals but she loves bugs! (She's 4 too). She peers at them under rocks and says "Awwwww. He's so cute!"

I also pick up bugs myself but let them know that certain bugs we don't touch and just look because they may bite but that there are some bugs who are ok to touch.

I'm going to get them a bug catching kit this spring.

You could try showing her really neat bugs on the inet like dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies. Show her the 'positive side of bugs'. Start off small and ease her out of her fear.

Alison - posted on 05/04/2011




you may try capturing some in a mason jar or something.. Set it out where she can see it.. research what they eat and make a big deal of feeding them. This should help her realize that they aren't 'out to get her'. Hope this helps! :/

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