19 August 2003

Separation anxiety

It is very common for babies to show distress when their primary caregiver leaves them. Don't worry, this is just a passing phase.

Separation anxiety is common at this age and is characterised by extreme distress when the primary caregiver leaves the baby. She may become more clingy and will protest when you have to leave her behind in the care of someone else – even someone familiar to the child.

Sleep problems are common as your baby may fear that you would leave her and disappear.

Many mothers feel very constricted at this time. But don’t worry, the more love and support you give your child, the quicker he/she will get over it. It is important to note that some babies never develop separation anxiety.


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