18 month old fear of other kids

Zsuzsa - posted on 02/03/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Anyone else?he so scared of loud noises,screams that ends up with uncontrollable crying and vomiting.even on the bus when he hears a kid calling for their mummy he gets so upset.I try to explain him there isn't any harm against him but nothing helps.playgroup and softplay are disaster swimming is ok but I have to separate him make sure nothing bothers him.what could I try to make him change and accept other kids?

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Crystal - posted on 02/04/2013

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My youngest daughter was extremely afraid of being around people and noises, in or out of buildings or rooms with lots of people, in big open spaces outside, even with people she knows and kids. She is 6 now and still has some fear but it is easier for her to adjust now, except for certain situations. When there are a lot of people she still gets very scared and likes to stay very close to me (usually in my arms). The only thing you can really do is keep him close in your arms, try to calm him as much as possible and try to remove him from the situation if he gets too stressed. Do not keep him from such situation, but instead try different ones such as going to a park something where there are bound to be other kids. Let him sit with you and watch them. Talk with him and let him know you understand his fear and that it is okay. Do not try to force anything on him. You cannot change him but help him to adjust in his own way at his own time. It may take a few years even, and even then there will be set-backs. You have to be extremely patient and understanding. It should get easier for him the older he gets.

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Crystal - posted on 02/05/2013

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You're welcome. The vomiting thing sounds very challenging. He must get very nervous. I know whenever one of my kids get really nervous their stomach feels really sick.

Zsuzsa - posted on 02/04/2013

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Thanks so much for your reply.it does really help getting advice from someone who is in the same shoes.you know my main problem is that he is vomiting when we are in this kind of situation.hard enough anyway and this is just makes it even worse.thanks again Crystal.

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