Separation anxiety is when an infant or toddler gets upset when away from parents, or seems scared when meeting strangers.
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. Your child may get scare when you leave his or her sight. You may feel anxious when you have to leave your child. Usually, even though your child cries when you leave, the tears stop within minutes.
Symptoms may include:
Separation anxiety is normal for very young children, but you should talk with your healthcare provider if your child is over 2 years old and: