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Back to Work: Separation Anxiety in Babies

If you are a new mom and the time has come when work beckons, going back to it may be one of the hardest things to do. You just cannot leave the baby out of your sight. Moreover, you may be confronted with the feelings of loss and guilt. For the baby too, the separation anxiety can hit at any time during child development. The baby can suddenly start wailing when you leave for work or start sobbing when you drop him or her at the daycare. Separation anxiety can be emotionally draining for both the mother and the child, but there sure are ways that can help you to cope up with it.

1. Make routines

Children feel secure and do well when they know what to expect. Following a set routine helps them to remember what is coming next, like you dropping them off at daycare or leaving for work. It lets them have a smooth transition to a change of environment. It may be difficult for them to follow through with the routine in the start but with time they get used to it.

2. Separate on a positive note

Children are sensitive to your mood. They can sense the tension in it and react accordingly. If you are sad or worried when you say goodbye to them, they get to thinking what is wrong and start to worry too. They vent it out in the form of sobs and wailing. So, whenever you are leaving them back, be happy and jolly. Kiss them lovingly and wave them bye with a big smile on your face and they will wave back to you too.

3. Be strong

You should not always linger if your child is having a hard time at the moment of separation. If you prolong the goodbye it will be even worse the next day. Detach yourself from the scene and get out of sight if you cannot hold it any longer. You need to be strong. Leave your child to cry for some time and it will subside eventually.

4. Distract the child

If the child seems upset at the separating moment, you can always distract their young and wandering mind to something else that can grab their attention. Give them their favourite toy or show them the pets, if you have any. A well-timed distraction can stall a crying fit.

5. Sneak out

Sneaking out can be a real option sometimes. You can sneak away when the child is not paying attention. It can be thought of as a desperate measure at a desperate time. It surely lessens the chances of a child crying and also really helps if you are getting late for work.

6. Avoid anxiety triggers

Pay attention to the surroundings of your child when he has trouble separating. Note the time, the physical health of the child, the appetite, and the general mood of the child. It can help you to establish a pattern of things that trouble your kid. You can keep these in mind in the future and try to avoid them as best as possible.

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