Experts say fears are a normal part of development. ParentSavvy.com shares what children are most afraid of and how can you help.
Studies show almost all children, no matter where they live, report having fears. Some of the most common are bugs or ghosts.
Infants 5 to 12 months old Objects coming toward them, sudden noises, strangers (even family members they don't see frequently)
Toddlers Relationship with their parents, being left alone
How to help: If you'll be gone, make sure the babysitter comes to the house to become familiar with the child beforehand.
Children ages 3 and 4 are generally afraid of animals, snakes, the dark and monsters.
How to help: Add a nightlight. Do a "monster check" each day. Get a stuffed animal designed to fight monsters.
At this age, experts say, children can't always separate reality and fantasy. So if they've dreamed it, they think it really happened. This is the age when nightmares occur.
When you were 4 or 5 years old, it's possible you were afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. At this age, experts say this kind of fear is a normal part of development.
How to help: Don't force children to face a fear unless they want to. Instead, try diverting their attention by talking or doing something more pleasant.
For most children, there's a significant drop in fears at around the age of 5. These pick up again within a year or so, but the fears change to self-concept.
At age 7, fears grow out of ideas suggested by television and movies, performance in school and dark spaces. Experts say to keep things in perspective. A lot of normal fears will pass, given time.
Ages 8 and 9: School or personal failure, ridicule by peers, disease
How to help: Find solutions that are appropriate to children. Be sure you've tuned into your child's emotions, not your own. Then find ways that work to cope with those fears from the child's point of view.
Early adolescence (ages 10 to 12): Heights, criminals, older kids, parental anger, remote possibilities of catastrophe and school failure.
How to help: Have your child develop a routine to deal with the fear.