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how can i soothe my child's separation anxiety?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Reassure: It is normal for a baby to develop separation anxiety at about 9 months of age. Babies of this age are now aware that you are "somewhere" even when he/she can't see you! they can become frantic even when you step out of the room! don't over react, but stay calm and be reassuring. Playing games like "peek a boo" can help too- seeing things go and come back is fun for babies this age!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Be calm & accepting: Some call this the emotional birth, when baby realizes mom is their best buddy & cries if she leaves. They do not fully grasp the concept that you can exist when not visible until into the 2nd year, so you need to be calm & reassuring. They may fear you won't return. If baby senses your worry it will increase their fear. Peek a boo & similar activities are thought to help babies learn the concept.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Separation Anxiety: Be reassuring, supportive, talk out your child's fears. Tell them that they must attend school and that you will always be there to pick them up at the end of the day. Separation issues are important developmental milestones to conquer. Be gentle and kind, no matter how long it takes.

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