Separation anxiety varies widely between children. Some babies become hysterical when mom is out of sight for a short time, and other children seem to demonstrate ongoing anxiety at separations during infancy, toddlerhood and preschool.

Separation anxiety is difficult for parents, as well as the crying child. While it’s an entirely normal behavior and a beautiful sign of a meaningful attachment, separation anxiety can be unsettling for all.

Sally Robinson is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UTMB Children’s Hospital. This column isn’t intended to replace the advice of your child’s physician.

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