DEAR DEIDRE: I AM scared my little granddaughter has developed a fear of being sick after staying with us.
She’s three, a real chatterbox and comes to stay with us regularly.
I am scared my little granddaughter has developed a fear of being sick after staying with us
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I’m her 57-year-old grandma and my husband is 60.
I was cleaning her teeth, and I’m not sure whether she gagged or was ill, but she threw up straight into the sink.
The next morning, she sat on our new sofa and my husband put a thermometer under her tongue.
As soon as he did that, she threw up again, all over herself.
I was worried about her, of course, but I did leap about to clear up the sofa too.
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My son called me yesterday and said he’d helped her with her teeth and she’d been sick again, and that she “hated her body”.
I’m worried that putting things in her mouth has built up a reaction and now it is a phobia.
DEIDRE SAYS: This is not your fault.
But if it is a phobia, you can find support through the Young Minds helpline (youngminds.org.uk, 0808 802 5544).
Suggest to your son that they make her healthy ice lollies so she gets used to putting things in her mouth.
You will then have an understanding of whether she was ill or if it is a phobia.