Daughter afraid of wind

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Registered: 07-21-2007
Daughter afraid of wind
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 1:58pm
I've been trying to research and I'm not having a lot of luck so I thought I would ask everyone here. All of a sudden my 3 year old daughter has become terribly afraid of the wind. The first time we had an episode here's what happened: we recently got her a playset and the wind was blowing the swings. She runs over and grabs them both in her arms and starts screaming and crying. When I can finally understand her she's saying "you have to take them down and put them inside; the wind is blowing my swings". She was red faced, tears streaming and sobbing so hard she could hardly breathe. She is frozen in place and I have to promise to hold the swings so her daddy can get her inside. Every time we're outside and the wind blows the swings we go through this now. Today is a beautiful day at our house and we've been cooped up the last 5 days or so. I get some kool-aid, new trucks for the sand box and we head outside; in a matter of minutes she is on the verge of a full blown panic attack just because the wind is blowing (it has nothing to do with the swings this time). She just keeps screaming that she doesn't want to be outside because of the wind and she's crying and shaking. I try to distract her with outdoor chalk, looking at our flowers, walking to the front yard-nothing works, the whole time she continues to scream that she wants to go inside.
I'm starting to get a little worried and I'm thinking of calling her doctor. Has anyone out there experienced anything like this?
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Registered: 10-30-2007
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 9:30pm

hmm... I haven't had experience with anything like that... Logan had a similar experience today, actually - but involving a bee. It was circling him and he freaked out, poor kiddo. But he got stung last year while playing outside.. so he was terrified it was going to sting him. The wind is a little different.. have you tried talking to her about why she's scared of it? Sometimes daily conversations about topics where she can express her concern - and you can help console/comfort her could help? If not, I'd definitely suggest bringing your doctor in, mostly because I'm sure they've heard it all.. and might have suggestions we wouldn't even think about!!

I hope it resolves itself soon!!

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 10:48am

I agree with PP about talking to the doctor. Some kids do get anxieties at a young age.

In addition to talking to the pediatrician, you might also ask the librarian for suggestions of cute books that talk about the wind and maybe fun ideas for playing in the wind (like using pinwheels, wind chimes, etc). Of course, these are best done when it's not windy, so your dd is in a calm frame of mind when she contemplates the positive aspects of wind. Maybe she can "plant" a pinwheel near a window where she can look out and see it when the wind is blowing.

You might also create your own little story about the poor wind who wanted a friend to play with but no one liked him and ran away from him, so he had to swing on the swings all by himself.

If discussing the wind is too stressful, maybe you could discuss the weather generally, and the wind could just be one component to your weather lesson.

Here's a link to some cute songs and weather activities at Childfun dot com that your dd may like: http://childfun.com/index.php/activity-themes/seasonal/245-weather-activity-theme.html?showall=1

Good luck to you both.

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Registered: 05-26-2006
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 1:59pm

I just found this post while searching on the internet for information about this exact same thing.