Stranger Anxiety

stranger anxiety

When the child starts differentiating the primary caregivers and others, which usually happens around 6-7 months of age, she or he starts fearing presence of unfamiliar persons. This is a normal phenomenon and gradually declines as the child age. The reactions include looking away from the stranger, crying and reaching for the primary caregiver. If the reaction is in excess and if it doesn\'t decrease as the child ages, then a pediatrician should be consulted. Management includes gradually introducing the unfamiliar person from a distance, when the child is in the protective embrace of the mother/father or the care giver.

Saturday, December 11, 2010