Claustrophobia in children. When our children feel a phobia of small spaces

Claustrophobia is nothing other than the fear of small spacesIt is a very common fear in children and adults who, at all costs, will avoid going into places they think they will not be able to escape such as an elevator, a bathroom without windows or a very small room.

Know what the causes of claustrophobia in children and how we can help them to overcome this anxiety and fear of small places.

The word itself says it, it is a phobia of being cloistered, of being locked in a place from which it seems that you will not be able to get out. It is an irrational and excessive fear in children that even appears before absolutely nothing has happened.

Children who suffer from claustrophobia often refuse to enter small places, so much so that they will do everything possible to escape them and it is difficult to convince them otherwise. They will climb seven floors to avoid getting into an elevator, they will put up with the urge to urinate if the bathroom seems like a stall with no exit, etc.

However, if you manage to convince your child to enter a small place and finally get on the elevator, it can trigger a panic attack, tantrum, crying, chills ...

Claustrophobia in children and adults can interfere with their daily routines since there are those who avoid taking the subway or the plane for fear of not going out.

The most common places that claustrophobic children tend to avoid areelevators, changing rooms in shops, public toilets, tunnels, basements, small rooms and closed, revolving doors, cars with central locks or automatic car washes.

It is an anxiety disorder that is usually triggered in childhood or adolescence, the sufferer feels:

- Shortness of breath, feeling of suffocation, you think you are going to run out of oxygen.

- Sweating and chills.

- Dry mouth.

- Feeling dizzy, needing to vomit or even fainting.

- Acceleration of the heart rate.

- Tremors.

- Confusion and disorientation.

Children with claustrophobia do not usually feel afraid of the small place itself, but of running out of air inside, therefore when they arrive at a place that produces anxiety they usually check the exits and stay close to be able to leave when before or simply do not enter .

Some type of distressing and traumatic experience it is usually the trigger for claustrophobia in children. Sometimes being trapped somewhere by accident is the cause of this disorder.

Other circumstances are: having suffered some type of abuse or intimidation, having a close relative or acquaintance with claustrophobia or that on some occasion they lost their parents in a very crowded area.

This trauma remains in the memory of the child who will relate the sensation he had to that of danger when confined to a small place.

- Don't make fun of your son or downplay his feelings, instead of helping him, you will be reinforcing the fear he feels.

- When you talk about small sites use positive words as cozy or comfortable.

- If you think that the situation is exaggerated and prevents the child from leading a normal life, it is recommended that you consider take him to the psychologist for behavioral therapy with him, in this way, you can work through exercises to "reset" your mind and avoid being afraid of small places.

- Teach your child to perform breathing and relaxation exercises- Taking deep breaths slows the heart rate and reduces the level of anxiety and stress.

- Be an example for your child and do not verbalize your fears since many of the childhood fears are inherited from the parents.

- Try to talk about something else or distract him If you have to go up in an elevator, avoid letting your mind wander and start to get overwhelmed.

- Games at home: Play games that involve being in small places but are fun, like creating a tent with blankets and going inside to play. Or use a large cardboard box to create a small toy house or castle.

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