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19 August 2003

Dealing with separation anxiety

It is common for babies to experience separation anxiety at this age. This may be very distressing for you and make you feel guilty about leaving her behind. Don’t worry, your child will most likely settle down after you’ve left.

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It is common for babies to experience separation anxiety at this age. This may be very distressing for you and make you feel guilty about leaving her behind. Don’t worry, your child will most likely settle down after you’ve left.

What can you do to make separation easier on your child?

  • Ask the childminder to come at least fifteen minutes before you need to leave. This will ease the transition and give them a chance to get involved in an activity that will distract your child.
  • Always say goodbye but keep it brief. It may seem easier to just disappear but it will be very distressing to your child when he/she realises that you have left. He will feel as if you’ve abandoned him and will make it difficult for him to trust you.
  • Comfort your child if he is distressed. Explain that you will return and tell him that you love him.
 
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