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Coping with separation anxiety

Clingy Child Syndrome, otherwise known as separation anxiety in toddlers, can be upsetting for you and your child. Here are some tips to help you both cope with separation anxiety.

1 min to read Jan 27, 2021


  • Start with short separations, leaving your child with someone they know while you nip out for a few minutes.
  • Try turning it into a game like peek-a-boo.
  • Give your child a scarf, burping cloth, or toy with your scent on while you’re away.
  • Talk about what you’ll do together later.
  • Make goodbyes positive. Your child can pick up on your anxiety or distress.
  • A positive goodbye followed by a happy reunion can be an important life lesson.
  • Don’t leave your child when they’re hungry, tired or feeling unwell, or any time you feel they genuinely need you there.
  • Ask your healthcare provider for advice on separation anxiety if your child continues to be distressed when left with others.


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