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Pediatric Specific Phobias

Key points about phobias in children

  • A phobia is an excessive fear of an object or situation. It lasts for at least six months.
  • Common phobias are a fear of animals, insects, blood, heights or flying.
  • Some things that may put a child at risk for a phobia include shyness, a traumatic event in early childhood or mental health issues in family members.
  • Symptoms include increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, a feeling of choking and upset stomach.
  • A mental health provider can diagnose a phobia.
  • Treatment may include therapy and medicines.

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