If there's been a big change in your family — a new job, a death, a divorce, or anything else stressful — be sure to tell your baby's health care provider. You may not realize it, but that stress will affect your child.
Watch him for any of the following signs of anxiety:
- Changes in sleep
- Increased irritability
- Clingy or whiny behaviors
- A sudden increase in activity
If your child is suffering from anxiety, the best thing you can do is reassure him of your love and availability. You can't shelter him from your own emotions or life's ups and downs, but you can
help him feel safe and protected. The good news is that his downturns should be short, and he'll recover as everyone else gets back on track, too. If not, talk to his health care provider.
Get Dr. Suzanne Dixon's list of topics to discuss at your toddler's wellness checkups.