Health Tip: Coping With Separation Anxiety
(HealthDay News) -- It's common for young children -- especially between the ages of 8 months to 1 year -- to cry or throw a tantrum when a parent leaves the home.
While this behavior may be unpleasant, experts say it's perfectly normal.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help ease separation anxiety:
Try not to first leave your little one with a sitter between the ages of 8 months and 1 year, when separation anxiety tends to peak.
Don't schedule your departure time when your child is likely to be tired or hungry.
Let your child get to know a new babysitter, and try to make the transition gradual.
Adhere to a calm, consistent and loving goodbye routine.
Reassure your child that you will be back. Make special time to give the child your undivided attention.
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