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2yo says "where's daddy?" or "where's mummy?" 50 times per day!

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AnotherKitKat Wed 19-Dec-18 13:26:42

Our 2 year old (26 mths) boy keeps repeating the words "where's daddy?" or "where's mummy?" when either of us go out or even go into another room within the house. It's mainly when either of us are not at home. He's now started to say "where's brother?" (we have a 5yo boy too). He repeats this same question 50 (or even more) times a day! Even after answering his question or explaining in many different ways, he keeps asking. It's as if it doesn't register in his mind.

The same applies to bedtime - he just won't sleep without mummy being present in the room. He will even try to escape from the room if mummy is not there. Keeps asking "where's mummy?" if daddy is putting him to sleep. If mummy is putting him to bed, he'll ask "where's daddy?".

We are really confused what to do. Should we visit our GP? Could it be a mental disorder of some kind? It's like severe separation anxiety but his brain doesn't seem to register the response. Getting really worried about him now.

Has anyone experienced a similar situation?

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JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Dec-18 20:25:52

Are you keeping your answers short, he may get confused by long sentences at this age. How’s his general understanding?

AnotherKitKat Wed 19-Dec-18 20:59:43

Answers are kept short e.g "daddy's gone office" or "mummy's gone shopping" or "brother's gone to school".

General understanding is fine. Listens to instructions and follows them without any problem.

It's just this issue which is baffling us.

He's an attached and caring child. Always offers to share if you give him something, he likes to ensure his brother has a share if you give something (e.g chocolate button) to him.

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MumUnderTheMoon Thu 20-Dec-18 10:26:05

It could be echolalia or a habit or he just forgets. Once you have answered him a few times start saying "we've talked about that enough today" and just move on to something else. If he becomes genuinely distressed by this maybe he is forgetting and you could ask the go about it but if he is easily moved on I wouldn't worry too much.

winewolfhowls Fri 21-Dec-18 09:52:24

Mine does this two, and has been through a variety of phrases in the last sixth months, starting with Where's mummy. It's just a thing!

AnotherKitKat Fri 21-Dec-18 10:36:56

Thanks for all of your feedback. It sounds like it could be just a phase. We'll try and relax about it for now and say "this too shall pass!"

Have a wonderful Christmas with your little ones.

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Di11y Sat 22-Dec-18 13:29:02

have you tried asking him if he remembers what you told him 5 seconds before

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