Friday, May 11, 2007

Eremikophobia

Described as the "fear of sand", and my sweet little Munchkin suffers from this little disorder.

While I have always described her as cautious, and a child that needs a little time to adjust to new situations, the poor Munchkin was completely paralyzed by her fear of the sand. From the moment I set her down to walk with me, she absolutely freaked out. I thought again that she just needed time to warm up, and that she would come around when she saw her friends playing and having fun, this was not the case, not this time.

The Munchkin took her perch on the rental chair and that is where she stayed. On our second day at the beach I decided to try the "cry it out method" by putting her in the sand and walking out of her reach, she screamed and screamed and screamed. My heart broke into a million little pieces. To see your child so distraught over something that you can't understand is heart wrenching.

The worst part of this whole thing is, that looking on her face you could see that she wanted to get down and play, but couldn't bring herself to do it. I cry just thinking about it.

I can't imagine how it will feel when she comes home upset because she didn't make the basketball team, or when she gets made fun of in school. The difference then will be that I can kick the ass of the coach that doesn't think my baby is good enough, what can I do about sand?

3 comments:

MommaPeas said...

I thought she was a total trooper! She wanted to play, but she still had fun out there on the chair! She'll get over it - I'm sure by the next trip she'll be ready to go!

Anonymous said...

maybe she won;t get over it, I have had this phobia all my life, starting from the age of about 18 months. What helped me was wearing impermeable shoes ( with no holes in) any time I had to come into contact with a beach, although I xtill feel uncomfortable I can just about cope with it.

Anonymous said...

I've also had this for awhile. I can really only cope with it. I think she probably won't get over it but after many years she will learn to cope with sand. When I was younger (until about 5 years) I was the same as her, but now I try to cope. I could however break down crying in an instant if sand is put on me. I wouldn't try to pressure her to much though. Best of luck!