CausesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Separation anxiety is a normal stage of development for infants and toddlers. As your child realizes that there's only one of you, 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 may be triggered by circumstances such as:
- A new child care situation
- A new sibling
- A new home
- Family stress or tension
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