There are not any steps you can take to prevent this disorder. The cause is not known.
Call your child's doctor if they are about to start school and you notice anxious or shy behaviors. It may reduce their risk of having it later in life.
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Social phobia. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric-disorders/anxiety-and-stressor-related-disorders/social-phobia. Updated July 2018. Accessed February 26, 2019.
Last reviewed December 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 2/26/2019