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He's afraid of what...

My 4 yr old son is terrifed of flies everytime he seees one near or far is starts screaming at the top of is lungs..we can't get him to stop sometimes he screams soo much and so hard he throws up..It gotten to the point now where we don't take him to the park as often as you can imgaine there alot there and he freaks out...We have tried talking to him &showing him flies wont hurt you, we talked to his DR about it she says he'll grow out of it...well this has been going on for 2 that it's summer theres alot of flying insects it's a daily routine of him screaming....what else can i do????

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Asked by veronicaxo at 5:43 PM on Jun. 29, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Look for a counselor who can help with desensitization.

    Also, consider some "magic". Like a special hat or scarf or rock or something that he can carry that will "protect" him from the flies. He's 4. You're not going to scar him for life by making something like that up.

    Answer by BuddyRoo at 5:45 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • My son used to be afraid of flies too when he was around 3 (he's almost 4 now). We just didn't make a big deal of it and he started to try shoot them with his Star Wars gun...still does but he isn't afraid anymore.

    Answer by Syphon at 5:53 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • I agree with not making it a big deal but also teach him which bug can hurt him so that he doesn't say you lied to me. You know like bees. He should out grow it if he isn't getting attention for it and has to miss out on some fun things.

    Answer by mommy2boys03 at 6:03 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • We've tried just ignoring it but it doesn't work when we're out and hes screaming so lud someone calls the police of us thinking we're hurting our child...thats happen many times...someone had suggested putting a bee hat on him he did not go for that one bit...putting on a scarf tho its 100 + here the hat thing we've tried...i asked him why are you scared of flies and he said becuz they make te buzzing sound...soooo i dont know what else to think other then he's very sentive to sounds?? i dont know,,,,,im at a loss

    Comment by veronicaxo (original poster) at 6:14 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • I would reassure him that it isn't a bee and only a fly. Or better yet, try giving him a fly swatter to try and tackle his fear of the insects by swatting them. Eventually his fear will subside. There are plenty of people out there that are afraid of some kind of bug including spiders, ants, roaches, etc.

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 6:54 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • yes im aware some bite they're called deer flies that kind is VERY rare around talking about house flies

    Comment by veronicaxo (original poster) at 7:24 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

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