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Does this sound like separation anxiety?

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FurryGiraffe Fri 03-Mar-17 17:52:28

DS2 is 9.5 months, so obviously classic age for separation anxiety. He has up to now been a very happy self-contained little soul- can amuse himself for ages without adult input, not prone to crying unless tired/teething. However in the past week or so he increasingly has spells where he just won't be put down. Just howls if you try and holds himself rigid/won't bend in the middle to sit down. It doesn't matter if I'm sat right next to him- still howls. He is the same at nursery with his key worker (all very new to him- only started a couple of weeks ago but he seems to like his key worker very much).

Does this sound like a form of separation anxiety? My memory of DS1 is of him objecting to me leaving the room, rather than just physically detaching myself from him!

Andro Fri 03-Mar-17 18:03:37

Could be separation anxiety, but if it's just spells of time then maybe he's having some issues with wind/constipation - it's not unusual for a change in diet or routine to have an effect.

FurryGiraffe Fri 03-Mar-17 18:05:42

Thanks for the response. I'm pretty sure it's not wind/constipation. He does have issues with that but there's no correlation with the clingy spells.

Comealongpond89 Sat 04-Mar-17 10:43:55

It does sound like a reaction to starting nursery. My dd started at 13 months and she was the same. She was happy with her keyworker and me but was very clingy. I think it's just them getting used to being left. Dd got used to it after a month or so. Once they get used to the idea of you coming back they tend to settle. Something I found that helped as well was to gradually distract dd while she was sat on me with toys etc and gradually put her on the floor with me sat behind her so she got used to playing by her self again. Hope this helps

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