Extreme Separation Anxiety at 18 months.

Roz - posted on 03/26/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Is anyone else having problems with their LO's with extreme separation anxiety? My daughter is approaching 18 months and we still have days where she freaks out if her dad tries to take her for a walk round the block without me, or if I go upstairs leaving them downstairs. She is by my side or in my company 99.9% of the time and as much as I love her to bits it is beginning to get to me a little!

She starts nursery for 2 mornings a week in a couple of weeks as we have LO no 2 on the way (if all goes to plan) in July and we wanted her to have time to settle in nursery before the new arrival. Now I'm feeling VERY guilty about sending her but know that it will probably work out ok in the end. But I can't help I'm forcing the issue.

Any guidance or advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks

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Marylea - posted on 03/27/2011

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My daughter went through the exact same thing at that age. I couldn't go to the bathroom without her or she'd start to bawl. It became rather stressful for me because I wasn't able to do anything without her but after a few months she started to get over it and now its much better I'm actually allowed to have a shower without her screaming and pounding on the bathroom door. So even though it might be stressful for you right now its a phase that should pass.

Bonnie - posted on 03/27/2011

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My boys were the same way and by 2/2.5 they snapped out of it pretty much.

Rebecca - posted on 03/27/2011

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she will out grow it my 2.5 year old was very attatched i couldnt hoover the house and leave her sitting on the sofa by chance i had to spend a couple of days in the hospital so she stayed with her father and after that she calmed down and slowly she is realising that mummy isnt going to leave her. hope this is helpful

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She is at a very normal age for separation anxiety. I know it doesn't seem like it, but it is a temporary problem. She'll outgrow it.

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