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what exactly is by stranger anxiety?

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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Normal development: Before 6 months of age, a kiddo is generally friendly with most people. At about 6 months, they start to get anxious about anyone but their immediately family. This so-called "stranger anxiety" can apply to friends of the family or occasionally seen relatives and is generally completely normal.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
Normal in toddlers: Stranger anxiety is a normal part of infant and toddler development as the baby begins to distinguish family members from people they don't see very often. It appears around 4 - 6 months of age and sometimes again in the 12-24 month window.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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