Four year Old SPD Child Fear of Babies

by Don Forde
(Needham, MA)

My 4 year old grandson was diagnosed with SPD has a fear of babies. Has anyone experienced this with their "Sensational" child? Thank you, Don Forde

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Aug 19, 2016
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that is my.carter
by: Anonymous

Yes! My 4 year son is terrified of any child younger then 3!. I have not taken him to see anyone but am just looking I to it now. We can't stay at a restaurant, visit family members who have babies can't even take him to a child of his ages bday party if they have a younger sibling. It's very hard and daycare is so traumatic for myself and for him.

What has anyone done to overcome this??

Mar 06, 2016
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by: Anonymous

My 4 year old son is scared of babies. We have to leave a restaurant if a baby is there. He gags just looking at a baby. He has even pushed his cousin down and tried to spank her because he can't stand the crying.

Mar 01, 2014
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Not alone
by: Anonymous

Yep. Our spd 6yr old can't tolerate being around a child under 3. It's borderline phobia.

The crying sound a baby / toddler makes is very distressing to their ears as is the unpredictable emotions that babies/toddlers emote with little to no warning.

Jun 20, 2013
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that's us!
by: Anonymous

Yes! My daughter has SPD and is 3.5 and will run in terror the other way when a baby is near by.

Oct 14, 2010
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Fear of babies
by: Anonymous

My child with spd is almost 8 and still wants nothing to do with babies. She avoids them at all costs. She was adopted at 17 months so could have some connection.

May 11, 2009
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Other Fears
by: Ursula Gates

Let me tell some thing else that is funny about my ten year old. When she was a toddler she was scared of any thing round, oval, oblong. If it moved she was scared of it.

This started when she was six months old and could sit up. I was always into sports and could not wait to introduce this to my child. I bought her first ball and laid it down next to her. She screamed so loud. I had to hide the ball in my closet. After that any toy or object balloon, balls, walnuts,(we have a walnut tree) any thing round she would scream and hold on to me for dear life.

Also, the same with any toy that moved or talked. Remote control toys, see and says, the list goes on and on. Oh, the looks I would get from other people! I would just smile and say "she is so smart she knows toys are not supposed to move or talk."

She has outgrown this now, but she still has some fears she has held on to and new ones. She is still scared of public toilets especially automatic toilets. I have learned tricks with that like covering up the light so it wont go off while she is still sitting. We have had plenty of incidents with that. Loud noises still bother her. She doesn't like to flush the toilet at home, but that is getting better. She is scared of clowns now. Don't know where that came from.

Also, there was a report in the local paper about a black bear sighting. She over heard me tell my husband and now she is afraid of bears in the back yard. She is also afraid of planes crashing into the house. There is no way to keep your kids from hearing about September 11. I just try to reassure her it will be okay and there are no planes around where we live. She also fears someone breaking in to the house or seeing ghost. This all keeps her up at night. Every night is just eventful.

Any one else with these problems? If so any suggestions?

May 11, 2009
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Four Year Old SPD Child Fear of Babies
by: Anonymous

Hi, my son is seven years old and has SPD. I've experienced the same thing with him. When he sees a baby, he asks "mommy why is that baby looking at me". When I explain to him that the baby likes him, and is curious about him, he says "I DO NOT LIKE BABIES" and then he hides behind me.

May 10, 2009
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fear of babies
by: L Marsocci

Once you figure out why you may be able to work on changing it.

My 3.5 year old has had many fears like that. He was frightened of eyes for the longest time. Especially his grandmas eyes. That was a tough one. He is growing out of it. He was also scared of the whirls on the ceiling, said they looked like snakes. He is still scared of the moon because he read a book once where the moon came down to play with a child and took the child back with them. We are working on this one. When he is overtired his fears and anxieties heighten.

Distraction was our best solution along with making sure he was well rested. We took him to Disney for the first time hoping it wouldn't be a huge mistake (lots of eyes there!) and to our surprise it did a world of good for him. There was so much going on that he 'forgot' to be scared of everything!

May 09, 2009
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So does my child.
by: UGATES

My ten year old daughter is also afraid of babies. She says she is scared that a baby will throw up on her. Whenever her brother, dad , or I cough she will run to her room and lock the door. I guess it is just anxiety.

The worst was when her brother threw up in the car and she screamed as loud as she could yanking on the car door handle. Thank goodness for child safety locks.

My sister-in-law had a baby and I explained to her that babies make all kinds of noises and they do spit-up and sometimes vomit. That is why most mommies carry a small towel with them. She finally did hold the baby (BIG ACCOMPLISMENT) sitting down. Even though it was just for a few seconds, we were so proud. This was another step up for all of us.

Try reading to your child about babies. After you read to him talk about babies and what babies do. If you know someone with a baby try to get him to at least stay in the same room, then maybe touching the baby on the foot, and whatever else he would be comfortable with. Good luck!

May 09, 2009
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SPD
by: Angie

My son doesn't act like he scared but he sure doesn't want to get close to them.

May 09, 2009
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Maybe that's not so bad
by: Kim Sullivan

I have three kids, and I'm beginning to develop of fear of babies...just joking of course. My child was not afraid of babies but was afraid of leaves. We figured out that he was afraid because they blew in the wind and he couldn't understand how they moved on their own. So in your child's case, it may not be the baby he is afraid of but the smell, sound, or the fact that babies are so different from others he is around.

You really get the opportunity to think outside the box with kids like this. I think it makes you a better parent, caregiver, teacher in the long run. You will eventually figure out what it is. When I was little I freaked out because a man had a bandaid on his ear and it took forever for my mom to figure out what was wrong with me.

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