posted on Sep, 8 2007 @ 01:09 PM
The first thing I'd ask your 4 year old is not "How do you know what a 'skyscaper' feels like when it falls down?", but...
"What does a skyscraper feel like when it falls down?"
It might seem that the differnce is negligible, but as you've already suggested in your first posting, four year olds tend to relate from their own
experience, they are little literalists. If, as you say, your child has had no experience of the Trade Center collapse in 2001, it would be very
unlikely that he be would relating his physical symptoms to what was, for most of us, an emotional event.
I wonder, too, at the use of the term "skyscraper" by a four year old; "a big building" or "a really tall building" seems, to me, to be more in
keeping with the semantic sophistication level of a pre-schooler.
But, perhaps he's just an intellectually precocious child.
At any rate, if he is experiencing physical symptoms, encourage him to describe those symptoms in physical terms: rumbling (gas),
falling (dizziness, vertigo), etc.. These will be more helpful to his pediatrician in diagnosing the cause of the discomfort.
Assuming that your child is experiencing some sort of physical manifestation of a prescient awarenes, or maybe empathically picking up the troubled
zeitgeist of a world on the eve of a sad anniversary, may easily lead you to overlook a serious physical threat to your child.
And of course...Seek medical attention for him immediately, if have not already done so.