Separation anxiety is a normal stage of development for infants and toddlers. As your child realizes that there's only one of you, he or she may become upset when you're not together — even if you just step into another room for a few minutes.

Sometimes, separation anxiety may be triggered by circumstances such as:

  • A new child care situation
  • A new sibling
  • A new home
  • Family stress or tension
Jun. 08, 2012