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Separation Anxiety



SEPARATION ANXIETY

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS IS A POSITIVE SIGN OF A BABY’S HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT!
  • It generally begins between 6-18 months of age.  At this time your child realizes you leave, but doesn’t understand that you are coming back.
  • It may last several weeks or even months until your child realizes you are not abandoning them.
  • Your baby’s overwhelming desire to be close to serves a crucial purpose! Experts agree that this behavior is the basis of your child’s ability to form personal relationships throughout his/her lifetime.
  • “You don’t have to stay tethered to your infant until he/she gives you permission to go”.  PhD Lela Beckwith, Prof. of Pediatrics at University of California.
  • Let your child know that it’s ok to feel nervous.  Be honest and let him/her know where your are going and that you will always return.