Shyness is common in children. Life experiences can sometimes cause it. But for many children, shyness is natural.
Being shy can make social settings scary. For a very shy child, making friends and adapting at school can be hard. Very shy children may become withdrawn. This may cause social problems later in life. Shyness that causes problems with your child's daily life may be a sign of another problem. Counselling may help your child.
Most children learn to deal with their shyness, make friends, and function well over time. You can help your child develop social skills. You do this by giving gentle guidance for social situations.
Parents who are dependable, consistent, respectful, and responsive to their children help them to form a sense of security. Let your child know that he or she belongs. When a child is doing well or trying, let him or her know. This positive feedback can help your child build healthy self-esteem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if shyness gets in the way of your child's daily life.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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