Monday, June 29, 2009

Separation Anxiety Part 1:

Separation Anxiety, something that is common amongst children between the ages of one and four years old. Separation Anxiety is when a child gets upset when a parent tries to leave them with someone else. This usually occurs in a child around the age of one years old and doesn’t really end until that child reaches about four or five years of age. My daughter was diagnosed with separation anxiety when she was no older than one years old. As a matter of fact my daughter was only about eight or nine months old when she was first diagnosed. As all my daughter wanted and still today is mommy. If your child has experienced this don’t worry, it’s a perfectly normal childhood development although every child may not go through it. Remember that every child is different. No matter how many times your family or whomever may have something to say, make sure you educate yourself about it… And then proceed to educate them as well.

Understanding what your child is going through and knowing how to handle it will help the both of you as your child goes through this stage. When your child is a baby it’s very easy for them to adapt to other people, caregivers, etc. However after awhile around four months or so babies start to develop their different sense of things and existence. This basically means that this is when babies learn that people/things exists even when they are not in one’s sight. Which is exactly what’s happening when your baby realizes that they can’t physically see you, to them it means that mommy, daddy, caretaker etc...have gone away. Can you just imagine how frightening it has to be for them? Because at this point they can’t see you and don’t have the concept of time so they have no clue as to when or if you are coming back whether you are at work, at the store, or even in the next room! All your child knows is that you have just disappeared, and will do whatever he or she can do to stop this from happening again.

4 comments:

  1. Yaaay your back! :)

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  2. Oh WOW. So that's what that is lol. My little one is doing that all of the time! I just never really understood it. OK so this is something I'm about to look up right now. wow!

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  3. My oldest grandchild had that. It took him a little longer than the average. I think he was about 6 or 7 when he finally got our of that stage.

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  4. Both of my children had it! For me it was the pits at times! My son didn't have it as bd as my daughter. Sometimes itcan be a challegne. At other times it was great because that also let me know who was treating my baby wrong. As they ONLY went to and played with the people who treated them right and with care.

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