While it's not known with certainty if reactive attachment disorder can be prevented, there may be ways to reduce the risk of its development.

  • Educate yourself about attachment issues if your child has a background that includes institutions or foster care. Ask your pediatrician about resources, check reputable Internet sites, or consider checking with an adoption agency to identify educational materials and other resources.
  • Take classes or volunteer with children if you lack experience or skill with babies or children. This will help you learn how to interact in a nurturing manner.
  • Be actively engaged with your child by lots of playing, talking to him or her, making eye contact, and smiling.
  • Learn to interpret your baby's cues, such as different types of cries, so that you can meet his or her needs quickly and effectively.
  • Provide warm, nurturing interaction with your child, such as during feeding, bathing or changing diapers.
  • Offer both verbal and nonverbal responses to the child's feelings through touch, facial expressions and tone of voice.
July 10, 2014