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Anxiety in Babies:

Out of all the phases that babies and children go through, it is possible that the strangest one is when the baby hits the anxiety phase. During this time, many babies will develop fears of things they were never afraid of before, and when a parent doesn't understand what is going on, or isn't prepared for this, it might make them worry about their child. This is a common thing, though.

While all babies reach different stages at different ages, it is usually around 9-12 months old that your child may develop a severe separation anxiety and a fear of strangers. These two things usually happen at once, and they can seem very strange and sometimes very irritating for the parent.

This is because some babies will be so anxious over being separated from their parent (usually the one who spends the most time with the child) to the point that they won't even let them go to the bathroom without freaking out.

Granted, the parent can always take the child with them to the bathroom, but this can be even more bothersome than the crying at the door.

The reason this is more irritating is that you are giving in to the child and then they may continue with the crying in order to get what they want. Then it can become a hard habit to break and you may have just seen the last time you go to the restroom in private for a long time.

This phase can pose many problems, especially if your child goes to a babysitter or daycare. While they do know those people, they still are being constantly clingy during this time and they don't want you to even leave the room without them, let alone drop them off with other people.

While you will want to try to keep your child from becoming spoiled to getting away with this behavior, you will also want to try to comfort them when they really are upset, because, while it may be a pain, and you may not understand it, they will get over it much more quickly if you comfort their fears when they need it most.

At this same time, many babies develop a fear of strangers and of people they don't know really well. It may be someone that they do know, and have met several times before, but unless they know them really well, they may refuse to have anything to do with them.

Along with not wanting to be held or talked to by this person, they may also be very clingy to you while the person is around.

A lot of times, this can hurt the person's feelings, especially if it's someone who really cares for the baby, but just isn't able to be around enough to avoid being lumped in with the other people that your child is temporarily anxious about.

The one really good thing about this phase is that it doesn't usually last very long at all. There is no way to see when it is coming, and there is no way of knowing when it will dissipate, but both are usually very abrupt and very unexpected.

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