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Fly phobia ruining summer

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DS has a phobia of flies - he has other phobias - dogs, hand dryers and more recently public toilets (because of the possibility of hand dryers) but the fly one is getting really out of hand and I have no idea how to help him

things we've tried with no success include reassurance, a huge toy fly, holding/inspecting a dead fly, a swatter, spray, books on flies, a fly proof curtain (got pulled down and besides they still find a way in)

I know it sounds dramatic but it really is ruining summer; he's absolutely terrified - screams his head off, shakes, sweats, totally freaks out, heart races etc etc. DD has picked up on it (I mean emotionally, everyone in the street has probably noticed it) and is now reacting in the same way sad

I'm pretty sure it's a sensory thing (buzzing noise/light touch) and the unpredictability of their movement rather than fear it will actually hurt him

has anyone any suggestions please of how to help?

LetMeDriveTheBus Sun 02-Aug-15 13:43:20

I could have written every word of your post! My DS' fear of flying insects (and lawnmowers, hedge-cutters, dogs, drills etc) means summer is not our best seasonsad.

No advice I'm afraid as we're struggling too flowers.

pause4thought Fri 07-Aug-15 00:09:54

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