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Doctor insights on: What Is The Name For A Fear Of Stuffed Animals

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Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


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When is it safe to put stuffed animals or dolls in the crib?

When is it safe to put stuffed animals or dolls in the crib?

Wait...: I don't generally recommend any objects in the crib except your baby. If you must I would at least wait until over one year in age, probably closer to two years. After one year the risk of sids is greatly diminished but I would recommend a longer period. ...Read more

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My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?

My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?

Wait: When he can stand up in his crib he will be beyond the age when these soft cuddly things can cause suffocation. We lose about 100 infants a year to soft bedding, plush toys, etc. I hope we can help you avoid the risk. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my stepson, 17 1/2 yrs old, still sleeps with a stuffed animal. He even packs it with him for vacations.?

Should i be concerned if my stepson, 17 1/2 yrs old, still sleeps with a stuffed animal. He even packs it with him for vacations.?

Unsure: What is the harm? If it doesn't cause any harm, I wouldn't worry about it. Has he been through some trauma? Sometimes, people need something to help calm them, and decrease anxiety. Perhaps he just likes having something under his arm- some people sleep with a pillow there. In the long run, I don't think it's a problem unless *he's* concerned or it prevents him from interacting with others. . ...Read more

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Can toddlers sleep with stuffed animals?

Can toddlers sleep with stuffed animals?

Maybe: If a toddler does not have asthma or allergies it is safe for them to sleep with stuffed animals. ...Read more

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My daughter grind on top of her stuffed animals. Help!

My daughter grind on top of her stuffed animals. Help!

Masturbation: Grinding is a type of masturbation. Only advice would be that she needs to be instructed she should limit grinding only in private place. ...Read more

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Hi my six year playes with herself a lot I notice sometimes she using her stuffed animal and I wanted to know if this is normal, or if it's not normal?

Hi my six year playes with herself a lot I notice sometimes she using her stuffed animal and I wanted to know if this is normal, or if it's not normal?

Normal development: It feels good. This is normal. Your job as a parent is to gently teach her that this is private behavior without punishing her for doing something so natural. These are tricky waters and you will do just fine! I am very happy that you asked this question. ...Read more

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I am wondering when it is appropriate for me to give up my stuffed animals due to asthma and allergies and should I feel bad about needing to do it?

I am wondering when it is appropriate for me to give up my stuffed animals due to asthma and allergies and should I feel bad about needing to do it?

See an allergist: The only reason to give them up is if you're allergic to dust mites, and the exposure to the allergens in the toys is making your symptoms worse. Short of getting rid of them, you can reduce the allergen content by putting them in the freezer overnight to kill the dust mites, then put them in the dryer on the fluff cycle to shake most of the allergen out of them. Repeat every 1-2 months. ...Read more

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Can you use a microwave to kill lice in a stuffed animal?

Yes: Lice need a host to survive, and typically won't live longer than 1-2 days on an inanimate object. They won't survive temperature extremes, so microwaving or just washing in hot water in the washing machine should do the trick. Be careful with the microwave however; if there are plastic components or materials within the stuffed animal, microwaving could cause release of noxious materials. ...Read more

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Used Lysol professional spray on my daughters stuffed animals and she broke out in hives. Could the Lysol have done it?

Used Lysol professional spray on my daughters stuffed animals and she broke out in hives. Could the Lysol have done it?

Most probably: If just hives, no facial swelling, shortness of breath, use OTC antihistaminic, wash thos stuffed toys, that will help clear the dust mites as well, dry them in a dryer, and avoid lysol at the moment, goodluck ...Read more

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My 2 yr old has started to hump her stuffed animals & pillows. What does this mean? Is it a form of masturbation? Do I make her stop or set boundaries

My 2 yr old has started to hump her stuffed animals & pillows. What does this mean? Is it a form of masturbation? Do I make her stop or set boundaries

Masturbation is a : Normal phenomenon in toddlers. You need to take your child to her pediatrician if she masturbates to the point of soreness or injury, numerous times a day, cannot stop masturbating, inserts objects into her vagina or anus, makes groaning or moaning sounds when masturbating or engages in thrusting motions while masturbating, as these may be signs of child molest. ...Read more

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Does bad germs like coughs and flu stick to soft surfaces like blankets and clothes and stuffed animals.

Does bad germs like coughs and flu stick to soft surfaces like blankets and clothes and stuffed animals.

Not really.: The only real bad virus that sticks to surfaces is hepatitis. Flu and ordinary viruses can spread thru the respiratory tract, but won't survive long on surfaces outside of moisture. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye germs last on stuffed animals?

How long does pink eye germs last on stuffed animals?

Depends on the germs: Pink eye can be caused by a variety of germs, including various viruses and bacteria. If your kiddo has pink eye and likes to snuggle stuffed animals, it'd be a good idea to make sure the stuffed animals were given a thorough cleaning once the pink eye is cleared up. ...Read more

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My child has pink eye, which the doctor says is contagious. Is it necessary to wash stuffed animals?

My child has pink eye, which the doctor says is contagious.  Is it necessary to wash stuffed animals?

Doubt it: Never heard of that one, but theoretically, its possible the virus is hanging out on the animals, as well as all the furniture in the house. Forget it. ...Read more

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How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces — porous (stuffed animals)& nonporous (door knobs)?

How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces — porous (stuffed animals)& nonporous (door knobs)?

Surface cleaning: Not sure of any specific studies which would provide your answer. Would suggest you use soap and water and/or alcohol based cleaning solutions to clean the surfaces of contaminated areas. ...Read more

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How long does the pink eye virus stay infectious on objects? I'm specifically thinking of my children's toys, especially their stuffed animals. My son has pink eye, and we're trying to avoid my daughter getting it, so I'm not allowing them to share toys r

How long does the pink eye virus stay infectious on objects? I'm specifically thinking of my children's toys, especially their stuffed animals. My son has pink eye, and we're trying to avoid my daughter getting it, so I'm not allowing them to share toys r

There : There are several viruses that can cause pink eye. In general I would say a few days. Some viruses can likely live longer. The scientific studies on this subject seem to be all over the place. Regardless, this points out the hand washing. ...Read more

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What do you call a person who has a fear of animals, including fear of pet cats and dogs?

What do you call a person who has a fear of animals, including fear of pet cats and dogs?

Zoo phobia : Zoo phobia is fear of animals in general, felinophobia is a fear of cats, and caninophobia is a fear of dogs. ...Read more

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Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Irrational fear: A phobia is an irrational fear--we know what we fear is probably not dangerous. Behavioral psychologists view them as learned and treatment is to desensitize or unlearn them. An atavistic trait is something we inherit that can keep us from danger but is not necessary in today's world. This could be a fear of bugs, snakes, heights, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have fear of animals with fur, can you tell me the treatments?

I have fear of animals with fur, can you tell me the treatments?

Phobia: I'm told that this is fairly common. You have a great opportunity to undertake a short course of psychotherapy with the expectation of a good result. As a bonus effect, it's likely that other aspects of your life will also improve as you regain command of your mind at its best. ...Read more

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Have no food allergies, animal allergies, and any other allergies. Then there should be no reason for my tongue to swell? I have health anxiety. Fear?

Have no food allergies, animal allergies, and any other allergies. Then there should be no reason for my tongue to swell? I have health anxiety. Fear?

If you want peace...: I believe that you have posed the same question time and time again in different ways. I don't think that anything we can reply over the internet will help you overcome your anxiety regarding this issue. Merely asking more questions won't help. Discussing this with a local therapist might. Get a referral and see someone, please. Take that first step. ...Read more

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Sir how to over come fear?

Face it: Feel your fear and face it. Most neurotic fears can be overcome with cognitive behavioral therapy. This involves understanding and confronting your fears in a way that helps you overcome thematically. ...Read more

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What causes unexpected fear?

What causes unexpected fear?

Unique: It is always important to keep in mind that a psychological symptom may be caused by an underlying physical disorder. A physical disorder should be ruled out before undertaking a psychological course of treatment. Psychologically, the cause is unique to the individual and benefits from exploration in psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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What causes fear of falling?

What causes fear of falling?

Unique: It is always important to keep in mind that a psychological symptom may be caused by an underlying physical disorder. A physical disorder should be ruled out before undertaking a psychological course of treatment. Psychologically, the cause is unique to the individual and benefits from exploration in psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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Why do I have a fear of clowns?

Why do I have a fear of clowns?

Coulrophobia =: Fear of clowns. I don't know you — so I have no way of knowing why you fear clowns. This could be explored in therapy. ...Read more

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What causes contamination fear?

Anxiety disorder: Can be generalized, or become more of an obsessive-compulsive disorder where fear of contamination becomes an obsession. Trigger may be some traumatic event, but often is not recalled. It responds quite well to the type of cognitive behavioral treatment known as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), shown to effectively relieve the symptoms of OCD or combined with SSRI medication. ...Read more

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How can I conquor my fear of hills?

Consider CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy is an excellent way to address irrationally fears or over-reactivity to fears. Good luck. ...Read more