Babies and toddlers can get upset and cry if they are separated from their parents and other caregivers even for a few minutes, which is a normal part of childhood development. Children usually grow out of separation anxiety by the age of three, so it only turns into a condition called Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD) if:
- Separation anxiety persists after this age
- It is intense or prolonged and interferes with school and/or other daily activities
SAD is a fairly common condition that affects 3% – 5% of children.