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How can I soothe my child's separation anxiety?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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