Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Germs
Your child is paralyzed. She stares at the bathroom door unable to go through. She grabs the door handle with her shirt, fumbling to get it open. You’ve watched her wash her hands until they are raw. It seems like most questions that come out of her mouth are about germs. What is going on with her? This new fear of germs is taking over her life. How can you help?
Having a child with worries of germs can be hard to watch. What’s a parent supposed to do? What’s your role in this fight? Should you sympathize or give her a dose of tough love?
There are some steps parents can take to start helping a child who has a fear of germs.