Can babies get depression/anxiety? My son is wigging out and refuses to eat.

Sarah - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is always happy, always hungry and hardly ever has something bad to "say". But since my work schedule has changed and added more chaos to our constantly adjusting life style, he's been a wreck. Freaks out for no reason.. won't eat.. just not his normal self. No sickies, checked on that. I've made another doc appt. to see what exactly is up.

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Sarah - posted on 09/08/2009

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Thanks so much... to all of you. It really helps. I'm hoping tomorrow can give me some more information and more importantly ways to deal with it. God love him... I feel so bad.

Anna - posted on 09/06/2009

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Even tiny babies can get depression and anxiety - definitely. I have just been reading about it. They do tests like brain scans and measuring the stress hormones in their blood and a baby can have the exact same depression and stress patterns as an adult. Not eating is a sign of it. If he is feeling insecure, give him lots and lots of hugs, spend as much time with him as you can, and make sure if you leave him in any kind of day care that he is with sensitive, familiar people who will be really gentle with him and cuddle him a lot. Also, if you are stressed, he will absorb it, so look after yourself :)

Jessica - posted on 09/05/2009

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children no matter what age can sense when something is different, such as your new work schedule. it takes children longer to adjust to certain things. i know when we had our second baby my husband was able to take paternity leave for 8 weeks. so our oldest, he was 2 1/2 at the time, got so use to daddy being there and things happening at a certain time things happening a certain way. but when daddy went back to work it was the end of the world. i went through pretty much what you are going through for about 1 month maybe close to 2. what seemed to work for us was for me to set out a certain time everyday just for him, and him alone. he knew that was coming everyday, i guess any sense of normalsy ( i know i spelt that wrong lol) will help. even if its just sitting down and coloring with him for 15 minutes everyday at the same time. has anything else changed such as bedtimes naptimes, did you guys move?

Leah - posted on 09/05/2009

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They say kids young as four can have depression, so it could be possible.. Who looks after him while you are work??? Maybe something has happen to him and thats why he gets like that when you leave him.. There could be a number of reasons for this, i have young kids and we had someone who watched them every now and then, and after awhile when that person would turn up they would act up in a big way. Not all four but the older ones. I later find out that this person use to sit on the computer the whole time we were not there and the kids were not being taken care of the way they should of been. Im not saying that is why but u have to look at everything. It could be ur son could just really misses you and he thinks that if u does this you wont leave him. Kids are a lot smarter then what we think, and they no how to make mummy feell so bad. Mine do anyway... I really hope the doctor can give u answers. Good luck and please let us all no how u go. All the best..

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