My 7-year-old is scared of everything: Advice?

I don’t know what to do about my son. He’s seven and scared of just about everything. For example, he won’t walk down the hallway if the cats there, he says he’s scared she’ll scratch his buy he’s never been scratched by her before. He won’t put his head under the water in the shower because he’s scared he’s going to get water in his eyes despite the fact he wears goggles in the shower. He’s scared to try anything, and he just thinks of the worst-case scenario with everything. Just after some advice or helpful tips, please. Thanks

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Have you had him tested for anything? Like autism or Aspergers ? May be that

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Sounds like he has some anxiety. My suggestion would be to see a therapist. :woman_shrugging:t3:

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How much time does he spend playing games via internet? Which games?

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Sounds like my 5 year old, i wouldn’t read too much into it he could just be a cautious child and in my opinion that’s not a bad thing x

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Perhaps a doctor or counselor?

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Sounds like your baby has anxiety or is just a timid fella

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I’d check screen time in general and reduce drastically. I’d make sure y’all aren’t watching news or anything like that while he is around and I’d definitely get him to a therapist ASAP. Good luck!

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Sounds to me like he was babied an awful lot when he was a baby🤦‍♀️just what I did with my boys make them try it with you an after a little bit he will either enjoy it an want to do it more or he wont like it an will tell you. But has to try EVERYTHING at least once. That goes for food,drinks,water, ANYTHING

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Always encourage him to try.

This is anxiety. He needs to see a therapist.

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get him in to see a theraoist

It sounds like anxiety. I found a couple of good books on Amazon that helped my daughter. I’ll link if I can.

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Could be anxiety…Any other issues…I see someone has mentioned Autism but theres an anxiety based Autism called Pda…Its only just starting to be recognised by all medical professionals…Its slightly different to traditional Autism traits but still Autism…It may not be that just a thought…Maybe read up on pda traits and see if it makes any sense

It kind of sounds like autism or anxiety but I would get him in the doctor and get check out but I am not doctor but my nephew was the same way and got check he was had autism but keep on trying to get him do thing that dose not to

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I have have anxiety and not afraid of anything besides some crawling insects

I would try to get him into some counseling. Something is obviously not right for a kid that age to be that afraid with out some underlying trauma. My 9 yr old is kinda that way. Not as extreme tho. He had a traumatic experience a couple months ago, he and his two older brothers (13 and 15) were followed home by a creepy guy who was saying messed up things to them. They rode home as fast as they could. The guy followed. Luckily my husband myself and two of our friends were outside and ran the guy off. My son has been terrified to sleep alone in the dark, or with his window open ever since. We had to buy him a night light and a very secure window fan to get him to sleep again. He’s still kinda scared, but not like he was. There is obviously something there that counseling will address and a counselor can also give you tools to help him cope and you cope as well. We asked my son what would help him feel safe, we did what he asked for. And things have gotten so much better.

Look up Generalized Anxiety Disorder. And talk to a pediatrician or therapist.

Have you allowed him to not do certain things or adjusted things to him not wanting to do a certain thing a lot? Could be he’s using it as an excuse… just cause he doesn’t want to do said thing or could definitely be some type of anxiety disorder. If it were my child I’d talk him to the doctor.

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Sounds like my 7 year old daughter! She is a nervous nelly! Same things you have stated along with seeing a fly and running away, would never climb a tree, she’s scared to hop out of a car if her feet don’t touch the ground from sitting position. Lots! She was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months and has since been dx’d with anxiety. Such a sweet girl too!

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