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Fear in 3- to 4-year-olds

Fear in 3- to 4-year-olds


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Fear usually appears from a very early age, when he still does not understand the world around him. Therefore, as they grow older they will fear different things.

In this way, fear will be something common in children and will be seen naturally depending on the evolutionary stage in which it is. They will be overcome as you recognize reality. On the contrary, some fears can be detrimental to the child's development.

At 3 years of age, the degree of fears and phobias experienced by young children usually reaches its maximum. Your world can be altered by fears related to:

- Monsters in the dark: At this age, their reasoning and memory skills do not yet have enough "life experience" to distinguish between the real and the imaginary. The imagination plays tricks on them. They see imaginary creatures, like monsters or ghosts in the dark.

This happens due to having experienced a strong emotion either in a movie or something that happened during the day. This experience usually occurs at night, in the dark, which is where the child feels most vulnerable.

- Physical damage scares them: at this age children begin to want to know the cause of everything, they become easily distressed and apply danger to themselves.

At this age they like to jump, climb, explore, although if they fall because they are not very agile at this stage, fear of accidents and physical damage may appear. The pain, the blood, the wounds have a great impact on him and produce an anguish that leaves them paralyzed.

- Fear of natural phenomena such as thunder, wind, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and other natural disasters can activate fears in children from this stage, even in children who have not experienced it up close and have only seen it on TV. These fears being real are more difficult to handle than fears due to imagination.

As with the fear of injury when they are two years old, children are easily distressed and apply what they see in others to themselves.

- Anguish about separation: at this stage the fear of separation persists. The difficulty in saying goodbye to your attachment figures endures over time.

Fears arise at any moment, and new ones appear as they go through new stages. The key is for children to learn to overcome each fear in due course and in the age at which it appears. Parents must help him to avoid that they remain stagnant and that the little one accumulates fears throughout his growth.

If fears persist, even with the help of parents, it is advisable to consult an expert.

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