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How can i help my baby manage separation anxiety?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Patience & comfort: Infants become aware of the difference between primary caregivers and others @ 6-9 mo. Sadly, their brains don't allow them to realize you exist when they do not see you, so they begin to express fear when you leave. This improves gradually after games like peek-a- boo teach the concept. Accept this as a normal stage.Avoid showing anxiety as baby will sense it & worry. Comfort baby at all times.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Stay calm: Separation anxiety is a normal developmental milestone at 9-12 months that means your baby has " object permanence, " a mental representation of someone/something he can't see. Tell him you're leaving in a calm manner, saying, "i'll be back" and say, "i'm back" when you return. Practicing leaving for short periods helps him learn both the words and that he can trust your consistent return.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How do I get help for separation anxiety?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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Psychotherapy: I recommend that you find a trusted psychologist/therapist with whom you can understand the causes of your separation anxiety (e.g. Early trauma, neglect) and learn tools to help with it.

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