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Child Separation Anxiety

As part of your child's development, it is normal for your child to have anxiety and fears. A baby commonly shows a fearful sign to loud noise or loss of physical support. Your child's reluctance to physically separate from you is a normal and healthy response and indicates healthy attachment. To some degree, separation anxiety is a sign that your child has developed healthy attachments to loved ones. In most cases, it stops within 5 minutes after you leave.

Some children seem more irritable and clingy as infants, have more trouble establishing a regular daily schedule and have more difficulty with transitions. Such children may be more vulnerable to separation anxiety. This just means your child may require more work and attention. However, if your child is showing a more difficult temperament now, it does not necessary lead to difficult problems in late childhood.

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