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Why does my baby get fussy when his caregivers leave his sight?
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In brief: Separation Anxiety
When a baby is 7 to 12 months old, a very important stage in development occurs called "object permanence".
What this means is now your baby can remember and recreate images in her mind. She knows you exist even if she does not see you. But when we leave, and since they do not have a sense of time, it is stressful for them as they do not understand we will come back, causing separation anxiety.

In brief: Separation Anxiety
When a baby is 7 to 12 months old, a very important stage in development occurs called "object permanence".
What this means is now your baby can remember and recreate images in her mind. She knows you exist even if she does not see you. But when we leave, and since they do not have a sense of time, it is stressful for them as they do not understand we will come back, causing separation anxiety.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Attachment
Babies do not have a sense of "object permanence", meaning they do not understand the object still exists when it is out of sight, it is simply gone.
They have a deep attachment to caregivers, so when one leaves the line of sight, they get very fussy and irritated the loved one is "gone", and very happy when they return. Later, they understand they are nearby, and go looking for them.

In brief: Attachment
Babies do not have a sense of "object permanence", meaning they do not understand the object still exists when it is out of sight, it is simply gone.
They have a deep attachment to caregivers, so when one leaves the line of sight, they get very fussy and irritated the loved one is "gone", and very happy when they return. Later, they understand they are nearby, and go looking for them.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Normal fears
Remember the baby is totally reliant upon the parents for everything.
Apparently the natural instinct for reassurance is sensitive in some babies compared to others. Thus when that comfort is threatened by disappearance of the comforter, babies understandingly become upset. This passes as the babies learn that others can also protect, love and comfort.

In brief: Normal fears
Remember the baby is totally reliant upon the parents for everything.
Apparently the natural instinct for reassurance is sensitive in some babies compared to others. Thus when that comfort is threatened by disappearance of the comforter, babies understandingly become upset. This passes as the babies learn that others can also protect, love and comfort.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
In brief: Normal
By 6-7 months, many babies will get upset when their loved ones walk away.
That's a sign of normal attachment and development.

In brief: Normal
By 6-7 months, many babies will get upset when their loved ones walk away.
That's a sign of normal attachment and development.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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