3-year-old Child Phobia Closed Vehicle.?
Afternoon, I am Nurma from Blora Central Java, I have a 3-year-old daughter, every time I take my child to ride in a car, bus or other closed vehicle she always cries, and gets out in a cold sweat. Isn’T to sit in the seat of the car, even just about to get in the car just already crying, I’m confused about this situation ,. This happened when my child was 1 year old. When he was on a motorcycle he was not afraid but why if the vehicle was closed he was afraid? What should I do? To allay my fears? Please explain and the solution So that my child is not afraid to ride in a closed vehicle
Good evening Nurma, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. The condition of excessive fear of closed spaces does have its own term in medicine, which is called claustrophobia. In people with claustrophobia, they are afraid of various narrow spaces, such as elevators, warehouses, tunnels, planes, public toilets, cars, narrow spaces, changing rooms, or other narrow spaces. However, this is most likely not what your child is experiencing.
This is because the majority of these events occur preceded by trauma or unpleasant events in childhood, such as being confined in a narrow place, having been hurt, having been separated from a parent in a crowded place, or all unpleasant things that occur related to narrow space and at an age 1 year, your child should not understand it all. Especially with claustrophobia, that person not only feels special fear in driving alone, but all conditions that represent a narrow space like we mentioned before can trigger discomfort in him.
So what we want to say, you still need more in-depth observation of your child, whether your child is really afraid of a closed car, or feel nauseous, as in motion sickness, when riding in a car. Vehicle sickness is far more common in Indonesians than in claustrophobia, especially in children under five. Or your child may feel stuffy, don't like the scent of car perfume, or the vibrations in the car make him uncomfortable. All that must be studied further to determine the best treatment, especially with the age of 3 years, maybe he still can not convey with his feelings straightforwardly.
Therefore, for now what you can do is take your child to a child psychologist or child psychiatrist, so that an examination can be carried out as we have said. Meanwhile, if your child is able to communicate enough, you can ask the reason he does not want to get into a car with a roof, and ask what can make him comfortable. Persuade him with his favorite food or toys, but do not be forced. So, hopefully answering your question.