Old Dominion Heather Posted July 2, 2009 Share Posted July 2, 2009 My middle son, 7yo, is terrified of going underwater. Background: He was the kid we had to hold down to wash his hair until he was about six. He slipped into the deep end of a backyard pool when he was about five and had to be pulled out. In short, he is not a big fan of water. He still backs into the shower to wash his hair and his face never gets wet. I finally got him to put his head underwater at the pool today by promising him ice cream if he did it. And he finally, after about six tries, got everything but the top of his head under and got the ice cream. However, I noticed as he was trying to go under, his hand and his whole arm were shaking like a leaf he was so scared. He was holding his nose and was shaking so hard, he turned loose in the water, which is necessarily a bad thing, just indicative of how strong this fear is. Has anyone had a child with this level of fear about water? It is infecting his little brother. If anything, I think it is getting worse instead of better. How did your child overcome the fear, or have they? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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