Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jojo | 2010-02-25


Clingy toddler

Hi Doc,
My son of 28 months has in the last 2 weeks become extremely clingy to me. There was a huge storm one evening and I was out and my husband had to calm him down. Since then he follows me around, tells me he wants to come with me where ever I go - even if it''s to the kitchen to cook etc. Even bed time is a problem., I used to be able to put him down and walk out - now I have to sit with him until he falls asleep.

How can I help him get over this issue as it''s exhausting for me and I feel so sad that he''s lost his confidence.

Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Your son has had a big fright recently due to the storm and as you correctly say he has now lost his confidence. It is very common for children of this age to have separation anxiety.Your son needs lots of love, patience and reassurance and gradually he will get back his confidence.Read to him at bedtime and he will fall asleep more easily.

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