IT’S COMPLETELY NORMAL for children to have intermittent fears. These could be fears of being away from you, having monsters in their room at night, getting a shot or loud thunder. Typically fears come and go, and while your child may feel afraid, they’re still able to get on with their life – they go to school, play with friends, fall asleep at night and so on.
Phobias are remarkably common in children. Upwards of around 9% of children (or about 1 in every 11 kids) will have a phobia at some point – girls more frequently than boys. A phobia is an irrational, intense fear of an object, animal, person, situation or place that poses very little or no real harm.