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Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child.

The best way to minimize crying and other disruptions is to give your child a chance to become used to being away from you. “When you are at home, let your child crawl or walk into the other room for a few minutes without following him,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “This is good practice for when you will be away for longer periods of time.”

Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP
Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP

When you are leaving, say goodbye, but do not do so for an extended period of time. “If you are concerned about leaving, your child will be, too,” says Brown.

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