Fear of stairs and heights

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Registered: 12-22-2008
Fear of stairs and heights
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Sat, 04-25-2009 - 12:00pm

My 4 1/2 year old daughter is really afraid of stairs (going down more than going up, but both are problems). She is also very insecure on hills

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 12:21pm
Take her back to the the eye doctor. The prescription could be wrong or it could need to be changed. Looking through glasses that have the wrong prescription distorts things. the edges get blurry or wavy and it can look like there are holes or hills where there are actually none. It makes walking hard. When my son first got glasses we needed to increase the rx after about 2 months. The doctor told us that this is fairly common with kids when they first start to wear glasses because their eyes were under strain before and now they are able to relax and once that happens the prescription needed can change. That is why they want you to come back after about 2 months to check how you and your eyes are adjusting to the glasses.

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Thu, 04-30-2009 - 7:53pm
How interesting! I never would have guessed that would be true, but it makes a lot of sense.
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Wed, 05-27-2009 - 9:38pm

It might also be clogged ears from infection or wax, or it may also be a sensory integration disorder.

Steps if it were my child 1. I would redo the eye exam, 2.get her a physical with her doctor to look for wax build up or infection, then if that shows nothing ask for a referral 3. to an occupational therapist or someone else who has knowledge of sensory integration disorders.

If ears, probably pretty easy to clear up and would have immediate results. The ears affect balance, which is why if clogged up (or full of water after swimming) you feel off balance.

If a sensory integration disorder, the occupational therapist will work on stimulating parts of her brain that seem to be under or over active right now, and desensitizing parts so that her body will start working more like it should. This will take a lot longer, but will help her feel much better about herself. She will also be more willing to do things her friends do - like swing on swings, jump ropes and such, which I bet she hates right now (including if it is eyes or ears.)

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 06-01-2009 - 10:12am
I forgot about the ears. Fluid in the ears or in the sinus cavities can mess with your balance.