Baby Anxiety

What can cause anxiety in babies?

Can a baby suffer from anxiety?

Anxiety in babies

Do babies get anxious? It’s a question that might have crossed your mind, especially if you’re a new parent. The answer is, they certainly do! Babies experience anxiety, as their brains rapidly develop the part responsible for processing emotions and feelings in their first few years of life. They are deeply connected to their parents and highly attuned to their environment during this preverbal stage, with their senses being incredibly active and alert.

The causes of anxiety in babies

Anxiety in babies has many causes, some of which are common. Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage that all babies go through. Loud noises, dark places, strangers, animals, and being away from parents are situations that can make a baby anxious. However, these moments are short-lived, and babies can recover from them quickly.

Impacting development

It is important to note that while babies can quickly recover from stressful moments, as parents, we must be mindful of consistent stressors that may impact their development. For instance, conflicts and arguments within a parental relationship can cause significant anxiety for young children. When parents detach from each other, children may also feel detached and lonely. It can become very difficult for us, as parents, to connect and look after others when we feel disconnected ourselves.

Fight or flight

Exposure to frequent conflict can increase the risk of depression and anxiety in children. Even in the very early stages of life, babies possess instincts that can detect danger and trigger a ‘fight or flight’ response. Consistent activation of this response can harm the developing brain.

Anxiety in Babies

Our Parenting Consultant

While we cannot shield our children from all harm, we can address this issue to prevent anxiety from continuing into adulthood. Nightingale’s Parenting Consultant, Dafina, helps couples and individual parents from infancy to young adulthood. In addition to working with parents in a couple setting, she provides an online workshop on gentle parenting as well as a popular and effective counselling service for young adults aged 13 and upwards.

Get in touch!

If you feel your baby is suffering from anxiety, or if you want to find out more about anxiety in infants, please contact the Nightingale team today. Our Parenting Consultant, Dafina, is here to help. Call our team on 0141 353 9373 or fill out the contact form on our Contact page.

Dafina Ganeva
Counsellor and Parenting Consultant

Related Articles

21 Jun

Making a success of Co-parenting

The important role of Co-parenting Separation and divorce can be one of the most emotionally challenging experiences of your life. The repercus...

Read more
17 Sep

What Assertiveness Looks Like

What Assertiveness Looks Like Following on from our previous blog post, ‘Improving Your Assertiveness’, we wanted to illustrate what being ...

Read more
Remote Counselling
30 Apr

Remote Counselling in action

Remote Counselling in action Remote counselling has always been an effective counselling platform for Nightingale to work from. We're speaki...

Read more
Counselling Remotely
19 Mar

Counselling Remotely

Counselling Remotely We would like to make all of our clients aware that we offer counselling remotely. Nightingale is committed to your saf...

Read more
03 Jun

What kind of therapist do I need?

Searching for a therapist Trying to decide what type of therapist you need to see to deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, phob...

Read more
07 Oct

The Narcissistic Relationship Journey

Narcissistic Relationship Being in a relationship that's full of love and positivity can be the greatest feeling in the world. However, if your...

Read more
Initial Assessment Session
01 Feb

How To Choose A Couple Counsellor

How to choose a Couple Counsellor When engaging the services of a Marriage / Relationship / Couple Counsellor, it is vitally important to feel ...

Read more