Infants and toddlers have little sense of time and few memories of past experiences. When you leave, your child may not know when — or if — you'll return. 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 can be triggered by changes in the child's life, such as:

  • A new child care situation
  • A new sibling
  • A new home
  • Family stress or tension
May 30, 2015