Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    9-year-old acts scared a lot is this normal?
    linsivvi posted:
    My 9-year-old son is scared of the dark, going into the bathroom by himself,sleeping by himself. Last night he begged to sleep in my younger's daughter's room then he went into hysterics because I told him to turn off his light. All he had to do was walk from my daughter's room thru theire adjoining bathroom and stick his hand in and turn off the light. I've tried everything. He begs for me to lay with him everynight which I have not done for over a year. I figured he would feel safe after a year of sleeping by himself, but it is no better. He is outgoing, very smart, athletic. I don't know how to help him. I have tried reward charts, punishments, reviewing what he is watching to make sure nothing is scaring him. Last night he told me he was scared of a commercial he saw. Things scared me when I was a child but he just takes it to extremes. Any advice would be appreciated.
    simerlm responded:
    I'm sorry that I don't really have advice, but that's because my son is exactly the same way! He is 9 also. I actually have my son and my daughter, who is 7, still sharing a room because he never wanted to be alone. I am redecorating his room right now, in the hope that he will sleep in it soon.

    You said that your son is very smart. Mine is too. My theory is that my son is thinking about things that he can't control. Like, he heard someone talking about the world ending in 2012. He freaked out. He worries constantly about things. I had to go into the ER for a kidney stone a couple of months ago and he admitted later that he thought I was going to die. I think that he just can't shut his brain down. That's my theory on why it happens. I haven't yet figured out how to make him feel less scared. Good luck!
    deltadawnathome replied to simerlm's response:
    This is starting to sound very familiar. around 8 yrs old, I was becomming very aware of grown-up parts of life, such as death, life after death, and it made sleeping in my room very hard! terrifying! My parents are strong Christians, and explained that God is always in control and that we can trust him no matter what. I hope parents still teach their kids that---kids need to know.

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    My Name is Norma. I am a working mother of a 7 year old son named A.J. He is the light of my life. I have been blessed with a very handsome son who ha...More

    Helpful Tips

    my 6 year old started pooping his pants again
    My 6 year old son has started pooping his pants again. his dad and I seperated 2 years ago and he went and stayed with his dad for 3 months ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    7 of 14 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.