You would be surprised at how many children actually have social phobia and their parents have no idea. Some of the symptoms that you will want to look for if you suspect your child may have this problem are shaky hands when they are approached by someone, sweating heavily and blushing when in large groups. They will also tend to shy away from crowds and not be very talkative. You can also talk with your child and ask them how they feel when they are approached by someone.
Of course some symptoms will vary from person to person. If thy respond by saying they feel afraid or begin to have abdominal pain or even if their mouth begins to get dry they may have social phobia. The good news about phobic disorders is that most people respond very well to treatment. They will eventually need to learn how to reduce their anxiety and face the social setting that they are afraid of. The sooner that parents find out about this problem, the easier it will be to deal with. If your child's problem is not dealt with they may begin to experience poor performance in school, and other areas, all because they are afraid.
There are several things that you may be able to do to help your child. First you should instruct them to practice breathing slowly from the diaphragm, this will help to reduce the intensity of their symptoms. It can also be helpful for your child to do regular exercise and muscle relaxation. There are even classes that you can sign your child up for that will help them to relax. Also make sure that they are getting enough rest, and eating right. An in-proper diet can add to the phobia. With your help and practice your child's self-confidence will increase and they will be better prepared to enter the social situation they fear.
When it comes to your child's social phobia they are usually fueled by their own thoughts. Many experts have stated that social phobia is a fear of disapproval. They always seem to think that someone is making fun of them or thinking something negative about them. In order to really help your child you have to understand the problem that they are going through. Your child needs to understand that what others say and think does not matter. By attaching to much meaning and importance on inevitable rejections they cause themselves to experience this type of social phobia. In order for them to conquer this social phobia they will have to confront their fears.
You can not hide your child and try to protect them. They will tell you that they will never be able to do this and that it is impossible. They may need to force themselves into public situations so that they can learn to handle them. Of course there will be times when they will need a push from you in order to get started. You should not automatically think that your child will need some type of medical intervention. If you take the time to work with your child you will be able to help them overcome their social phobia.