Separation anxiety is a normal part of development. It is most common between 6 months and 2 years of age. Sometimes changes can cause anxiety, such as:
Leaving a child with a babysitter or in child care can be stressful for both parent and child. For the child, the fear related to the parent leaving his or her sight is called separation anxiety. Most parents also have separation anxiety to some degree when they have to leave their children.
If child care will be provided outside the home:
If your child has trouble when you drop her off at child care or with a babysitter there are several things you can do to help.
Some amount of separation anxiety is normal, but you should talk with your healthcare provider if your child: