how do you handle their moods and being scared?

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Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We live 30 miles from a store. Like for groceries I can get a few things in a little store 15 miles away. So I need to drive. DD is so upset when we need to go to town. She is scared to go anywhere. I can leave her with my mom at times but she is working so .................

No one that I know would feel comfortable watching her. Help I need ideas, dd is driving me nuts :0)

Connie

On Jun 13, 2002

I don`t know how old your daughter is, but have you asked her why she is upset or scared? What do you think is the reason?

On Jun 13, 2002

Has she reacted in the store? Maybe, there is one that she feels more comfortable shopping in? But, it sounds like you live someplace pretty rural. Maybe she can avoid the areas in the store where she is uncomfortable (nut areas, bakery)? Andrea

On Jun 13, 2002

She is 11. Yes she has had a two reactions from peanuts in stores. We only go to stores that are 'safe'. She just wants to stay home and not go anywhere! She cried for 45 minutes before we left, part of the time we were in town and for quite a while since we came home!

Connie

On Jun 14, 2002

Is it possible for you to find a counselor for her? I had to take this step with my 5 yo dd who is TNA. She went through a very rough patch a few months ago where she really was starving herself...too frightened to eat. Also she was showing some signs of OCD....touch avoidance, excessive hand washing, refusing to swallow her saliva, etc. It was terrible to see her suffering so, and also incredibly frustrating, because she was taking it too far. Her pediatrician referred us to a child psychologist, who, through play therapy, was able to help. (It looks as though you live in a remote area, and may not have access to professional counselors. Also, it can cost a fortune. Luckily, Kylie improved after just 2 sessions. We have the counselor "on hold" should we need her again in the future. We probably will.) Kylie's allergist says he sees kids with life threatening food allergies go through ups and downs as they grow up....sometimes dealing with it well, sometimes having a lot of trouble. I really feel for you and your daughter, especially if she is touch and smell sensitive. It would be very frightening for her. Has she always been this fearful, or is it recent? Perhaps there are other things going on....teasing at school...changes....too much for her to deal with right now. It's hard to know what to do. I wish I had some easy answers for you!

On Jun 14, 2002

I have been thinking the same thing. We home school so there is no teasing. I will look for a counseler today. Connie

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