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My four year old daughter is pretty fearless. Recently she has started to be terrified of thunder and loud noises.<br><br>
There was a really bad storm a few weeks back which started it off. The whole house rattled.<br><br>
Last night she came downstairs hysterical because of loud wind.<br><br>
We cuddled her, reassured her and tucked her into bed with us.<br><br>
This afternoon the sky went dark and she was terrified again that it would thunder. The storm passed by but she was really upset.<br><br>
I don't know whether I should just give her reassurance and hope this phase passes or try and do something to help her get over it.<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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Oh, your poor babies. Your 7yo, Mama! That must break your heart.<br><br>
This is going to sound ridiculous, but my 2yo was very afraid of thunder. She has begun loving The Sound of Music. Remember the Few of My Favorite Things scene? Since she has watched it a few times, she has transferred her fear to her dolls, who she comforts during real or imagined thunder.<br><br>
Otherwise, maybe a book? My Grandpa told me it was a potato (tater) wagon. I'd just keep talking to my child, but consider professional help if vomiting continued.
 

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Holy Cow teacup my DD stopped being afraid of thunder b/c of that movie, too.<br>
she was almost 3 when she watched it for the first time. I actually only put on that part to hoping it would help..and it did. Now when it rains she sings.<br><br><br><br>
By now, (she is almost 5)She has watched the whole movie enough times that *I* can tell you where the mistakes are in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I was actually thinking of watching that movie with her to see if it would help.<br><br>
I thought it was a mad idea, but seeing as others have had success with it maybe I will try it!
 

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yeah, she has some sensory issues, and we think that those combined with normal age appropriate fear of thunderstorms is causing the vomitting. Its very sad.<br><br>
She was in PT and OT last year, and this year we are doing sensory therapy and OT instead. I hope they can figure out a way for her to just CHILL. Her sensitivity is just extreme.<br><br>
I will play the movie for her and see if it helps! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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IfmamaAiintHappy,<br>
She may not like the whole movie since she is very sensitive. Part 1 should be fine but Part 2 (there's an intermission) gets a little deep in the Nazi thing and could be frightening for her.
 

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I second that. I was going to have a look and work out where the thunderstorm part came in so that we could watch the right section but not all the NAzi stuff. I don't want to scare her more!!
 

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The song comes after Leisel sneaks into Maria's room and she puts her dress in the bathroom to soak.<br>
After the dinner scene and after Lesiel dances with Rolf.
 

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I don't want to rain on the parade... but I was pretty terrified of thunderstorms until I was about -- oh... 20 years old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
I think it was the peer pressure to be a normal "adult" in college that made me get over it. I clearly remember being in high school and running into my mom's bed during thunderstorms...<br><br>
On the contrary, my 3 year old DS has no issues. In fact, about 3 nights ago we had a HUGE one, the biggest and loudest I could remember in a LONG time (and yes, I was a little freaked) and DS was playing on the floor with DH as if nothing was going on. Every now and again he'd look up and say to the sky "you're being too noisy, we're playing here!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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For my daughter, the problem seemed mostly the unpredictability of it. The sound would startle her.<br><br>
I set my daughter up on a chair to look out the window during one really bad storm. We talked about how the thunder comes after the lightening. "See that flash.... Wait...." then we'd scream "BOOM" as soon as we heard it.<br><br>
This allowed her to anticipate it. She's also see me jump a bit when the boom came sooner than I expected. It's ok to have a startle reflex, and if we understand it, it's not as scary.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">IfmamaAiintHappy,<br>
She may not like the whole movie since she is very sensitive. Part 1 should be fine but Part 2 (there's an intermission) gets a little deep in the Nazi thing and could be frightening for her.</div>
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Yup. It's pretty vague (a flag and some political references) until the second part. We stop it after they get married.
 
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