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Separation Anxiety and Separation Anxiety Disorder: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

For children with normal separation anxiety, there are steps you can take to make the process of separation anxiety easier.

  • Practice separation. Leave your child with a caregiver for brief periods and short distances at first.
  • Schedule separations after naps or feedings. Babies are more susceptible to separation anxiety when they’re tired or hungry.
  • Develop a “goodbye” ritual. Rituals are reassuring and can be as simple as a special wave through the window or a goodbye kiss.
  • Keep familiar surroundings when possible and make new surroundings familiar.Have the sitter come to your house. When your child is away from home, let him or her bring a familiar object.
  • Have a consistent primary caregiver. If you hire a caregiver, try to keep him or her on the job.
  • Leave without fanfare. Tell your child you are leaving and that you will return, then go—don’t stall.
  • Minimize scary television. Your child is less likely to be fearful if the shows you watch are not frightening.
  • Try not to give in. Reassure your child that he or she will be just fine—setting limits will help the adjustment to separation.

Some kids, however, experience separation anxiety that doesn’t go away, even with a parent’s best efforts. These children experience a

continuation or reoccurrence of intense separation anxiety during their elementary school years or beyond. If separation anxiety is excessive

enough to interfere with normal activities like school and friendships, and lasts for months rather than days, it may be a sign of a larger 

problem: separation anxiety disorder.

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