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How to Cope with Separation Anxiety

If your baby starts screaming the minute you leave, check out our separation survival guide.
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Almost all babies get anxious about separating at some point, though the intensity of your child's reaction depends on her temperament. Other factors play a role too: Infants who have been exposed early on to caregivers other than their parents tend to have an easier time dealing with departures in later months. However, if your baby is tired, hungry, or sick, she's likely to give you a very hard time if you leave. While your baby's cries might tempt you to cancel your plans, giving in will only make matters worse the next time you need to leave. Besides, she'll probably calm down shortly after you walk out the door. In the meantime, here's what you can do to comfort your child.