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Child Separation Anxiety – How to Deal with it

It’s true that when it comes to saying goodbye, it’s harder to do it to a small child. Infants learn at a young age to depend with their caregiver everything that they actually need. In this article, you will learn on the primary causes of separation anxiety and on how you can actually help a child who have such problems.

Child separation anxiety is known as a distress or an agitation that resulted from separation or fear of separation from the parent or the caregiver or to whom the child is attached to. This can start from 7 months of age up to 18 months and this may continue until the child will reach an age of 3. There are a lot of parents who actually have become familiar with a screaming toddler who doesn’t want to let them walk away and begs them not to leave them. This causes parents stress and guilt, but is in fact a normal part of child development. This doesn’t mean that the parent is bad, but instead it means the opposite of it. This means also that you and your child have formed a bond and an attachment to which is being valued by your child.

Time will come where your child will be fine with you leaving and you then feel like you cannot finish or do anything without your child clinging to you. So what is really the cause of child separation anxiety? It’s been thought that this develops when the babies mature where they will start to become attached to the parent and will then realize that they are important to them, but they lack the understanding that things that are visible still exist. This in fact is called as object permanence. This actually is where the infant will believe that when their parent or caregiver leaves, they will be gone for good and they also fear that they will never return again. This would then cause them distress and anxiety and will result to emotional and crying outbursts.

There are a lot of things which a parent could do in order to help a child who has separation anxiety. Routine actually is very important. It is important that the child will feel safe and knows what they need to expect. With predictable routine’s it will be able to help eliminate anxiety. The goodbye routine is also important. You should let your child know when you will leave and tell your child that you will return.

In dealing with child separation anxiety, it’s essential that you remember that each child is different and handles things in a different way. Through the process of understanding what child separation anxiety truly is and what also causes it, you will be able to find ways that is going to help your child to feel comfortable and be able to cope on the fears and anxieties.