These people tremble when they walk by a playground or elementary school. They suffer from pedophobia, the persistent fear of children, infants or childhood. Most acknowledge their fears are groundless, but they can’t avoid the anxiety that ensues when they’re forced to interact with children or be around them.
Even the sound of children can cause panic. For some, the fear is traced back to being constantly exposed to the sound of restless or misbehaved children. Anyone who works or lives with young children can relate. But the stress reaches unbearable highs when it applies to pedophobics.
Many avoid places that might attract children. This means they have to sacrifice going to places that could otherwise bring comfort. These include parks, amusement parks, museums and more.
Pedophobia is often traced back to a traumatic experience as a child.