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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

My child is shy and does not make friends easily. Should I be worried?

Answer

Although childhood shyness is commonplace, it concerns many parents. Some children become shy because of harsh life experiences, but most are born that way. For some middle-years children, social situations and interactions can be terrifying. A few of these timid children may be emotionally distressed, but they are in the minority. In fact, some children are just naturally withdrawn and slow to warm up in new situations. Parents can help children overcome shyness by looking for the skills necessary for successful peer interaction in their children and helping to develop and model them.