Handling an Especially Shy Child

If your child is particularly reserved, he or she may need extra time now in new situations or when meeting new people. Over time, your child will learn ways to cope with unfamiliar experiences and people.

In group situations, allow your toddler to stay by your side and watch the goings-on rather than participating, if that makes him more comfortable.

Take care not to rush her or she may become more anxious. She may enjoy practicing social interactions at home with you while playing with puppets or dolls.

Shyness seems to be an inborn trait and can be outgrown or may last a lifetime. Extreme shyness can be disabling, however, so talk to your child’s healthcare provider if you are concerned.

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Helping your shy child

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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