Child Psychology and Behaviour

Stranger Anxiety

Amrita Mazumdar Pokkunuri
0 to 1 years

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Updated on Jun 22, 2016

My 8 month son has developed a major stranger anxiety. I was at my parent's home for 3. 5 months and recently came to my in- laws place for a few days. He has been unhappy and crying most of the time. He had been a very happy baby till he arrived here. I don't know how to get him to accept this place and people. On top of that the problem is compounded as we are from different states. He understands my mother tongue but not my husband's yet! any of you faced a similar situation? what can i do to help him?

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Dr Sarala Bidayat

| Jun 22, 2016

hi amrita, make him spend time with your in laws in your presence. if you are around he'll be feeling secured. introduce them nicely to him, when ever you are interacting with them keep a smile on your face, then it'll create positive impact on him. babies take sometime to get adjusted to new place and babies learn languages very quickly. make your husband interact with him in his language, then he'll learn both the languages

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Tejal Singh

| Jun 22, 2016

Hi @amrita, usually I take my son on walk and once when I changed the route my son was so anxious looking at every thing not even blinking his eyes. While on walk if we meet new person my son just stare at them, with no expression. Reason for sharing this is your kid might be feeling new around new faces, new language, new place, new crawling space, new toys. Every thing new. Even same thing happened when I went to my mother place and even when my husband was on tour and he was just not sleeping, crying. So strange behaviour. In this case you need to stick to his routine very strictly, if he shows any tantrums with politeness bear it and yes keep away your frustration. Don't allowed so many people to come together near him (crowd). Introduce individually, so he will be bit at ease. Secondly, about language I too have same issue as mine and my husband's mother tongue is different. In that case you stick to same language which you were communicating to him (till now), and after going back introduce your hubby's language. (Long post, but just thought sharing)

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Laura

| Jun 22, 2016

Amrita. ..give the baby some time. he will take time. some babies get anxious at unknown places. There is nothing abnormal about it.

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