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my 7mo cries if a stranger even looks at him. he cries the entire time if i have a babysitter over. is this normal at this age? is this a sign autism?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Exactly the opposite: Implicit memory at 5 mos. leads to recognition of stranger vs. non-stranger & stranger anxiety at 6 mos. in a neurotypical infant. Have the same sitter come & play with both of you,, rolling a ball amongst the 3 of you. Then while the sitter plays with him, say "bye" without showing anxiety; come back in 10 minutes. Smile & resume play. Repeat as needed. Separation anxiety develops at 9 mos.
Answered on Mar 14, 2015
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