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My Step daughter has a 22 month baby who cries continuosly

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Hi my Step daughter has a 22 month baby who cries continuosly to get her Mum to pick her up. She will cry really loud for long periods of time, and she gets louder until her Mum or Dad picks her up. I am not sure how I can help?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Carol Kryder LMFT replied 7 years ago.
This is obviously not normal behavior. Does the child get enough attention during the day? It might be better if she can be placed where she can see her mother. Developmentally she has not established an internal concept of mother, so when she doesn't see mother she believes she has been abandoned and that is terrifying to her. I know mother cannot be carrying her around all the time, but she should be able to stay in the same room or have access to mother unless she is asleep.

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