Handling Your Child’s Fear of the Dark

Children have big imaginations, and with that can come even bigger fears. Young children do not have the ability to distinguish between what is fantasy and what is considered reality. Without this distinction, a child’s mind easily turns harmless noises and shadows into big, scary monsters. These fears often arise when the room is dark and it’s hard to tell that nothing is really there. Here are a few tips on how to help your children overcome their fear of the dark:

Monitor Content

It is important to make sure that the programming your child is consuming while watching television is appropriate for their age group. Watching content that is not appropriate for the child is an easy way for fears to come about. Stay aware of what is on the television when the child is around and consider parental controls for when you can’t be with your child. Age recommendations can be a helping guide, but you as a parent should decide what your child is mature enough to see.

Use A Flashlight

Giving your child a flashlight to keep by their bedside is a great way to lessen their fear of the dark. The child will feel more in control when they are having trouble detecting what is real and what isn’t. Plugging in a night light in your child’s room or close by in a hallway is another simple way to reassure your child that everything is okay.

Encourage, Acknowledge and Reassure

Encouraging your children to talk about their fears is important. This will keep an open line of communication, so they will continue to come to you for support. Being aware of your child’s fear is necessary to try and combat it. Acknowledging their fears and reassuring them that you will keep them safe is necessary as well.

A child being afraid of the dark is common and it should be nothing to worry about. Try out these simple solutions but if the problem continues, contact your pediatrician.

Newburgh’s Neighborhood Pediatrician

Children from all over Orange and Ulster Counties have been enjoying the Children’s Medical Group’s Newburgh Pediatrician Office for years.

Patients come from the surrounding area in Newburgh, New Windsor, Walden, and Marlboro, and are cared for by their fantastic staff. Since the Newburgh Pediatrician location is a small-office environment, nurses and staff get to know each patient and their families. This location has the best of both worlds being part of the CMG network, which grants them access to resources only larger offices would normally have.

The Newburgh office is there for each stage of your child’s life, from infancy until adulthood. Their helpful staff is there to support you through healthy checkups and every hiccup in between.

Meet Your New Pediatrician:
Dr. Dominique Aristide, M.D. attended Pace University, earning her degree in Biochemistry. She went on to receive her medical degree from SUNY at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Aristide completed her residency at Westchester County Medical Center in Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Fun Facts about Dr. Aristide:

  • She is the mother of three girls
  • She was born and raised in Haiti and is fluent in French
  • Her hobbies include gardening, Broadway musicals, and reading

Give them a call today at (845) 452-1700

Visit the office Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm at 450 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550.

 

Modena’s Neighborhood Pediatrician

Children from all over Ulster County have been enjoying the Children’s Medical Group’s Modena Pediatrician Office over the past 15 years.

With patients from Modena to New Paltz, from Highland to Gardiner, the staff is eager to meet new faces. The nurses and staff can get to know each patient because of the small office environment, but being part of the CMG network enables them to have access to resources larger offices have.

The Modena Pediatrician office is there for your child from their infancy until they reach 21 years of age. The supportive staff can help you when you need it most—through injuries, illnesses, and of course healthy check-ups.

Meet Your New Pediatrician:
Dr. Arlene Solomon received her medical degree at St. George’s University preceding her residency at City Hospital Center in Pediatrics. She is a member of the Orange County Medical Society and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Solomon is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Advanced Life Support.

Fun Facts about Dr. Solomon:

  • She is the mother of two college-aged boys
  • She enjoys going to the movies and the theater
  • Her hobbies include skiing, biking, and knitting

Give them a call today at (845) 452-1700

Visit the office Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm at 1918 Route 44-55, Modena, NY 12548.