Expert advice: Clingy babies and more

Megan Faure offers advice on dealing with a common infant skin condition, and what to do when your baby gets clingy.

30 July 2014
by The Clicks baby team

Q: My nine-month-old baby cries whenever I leave the room. Is there anything I can do about this?

A: It is very common for babies to experience separation anxiety between eight and 10 months old, so your little one is spot on in terms of age. Babies do this because they suddenly develop the awareness that they are separate beings from Mom or Dad. Suddenly they are not 100 percent certain that you still exist when they can’t see you. The goal is to assist your baby to develop object permanence (the awareness that something still exists when it can’t be seen), as well as to help him feel secure when you are not around.

Try these three tips:

1. Always say goodbye when you separate – even if you go to the next room. When you return, say a cheerful “Hi” and give him a cuddle. This gets him used to the idea of positive separations.
2. Play peek-a-boo with him and his toys so that he learns that even when you can’t see something it still exists. Hide a toy or dummy under a blanket and ask him “Where has it gone?”
3. Make sure he has a soft toy or other separation object to attach to and get comfort from when you can’t be with him.

Q: My son is two months old and has dry patches on his face that look like mild ring worms. I use an aqua based ointment and wipe with cotton wool and water. It’s been a month now, and he still has patches on his face and neck. What can I do?

A: This could be a worm infestation or dry skin (eczema). Try a suitable moisturiser four or five times a day and ask your pharmacist for a topical antifungal ointment. If it does not resolve with these, a stronger ointment may need to be given.

More information on child health issues is available on the website Paed-IQ. Simply use your ClubCard number to login. Paed-IQ Services are exclusive to Clicks BabyClub – with expert advice from a paediatrician and interactive chats on our Facebook page every week. Every Wednesday from 12 to 2pm, the Clicks BabyClub Facebook page hosts a live Q&,A session with a PaedIQ paediatrician. If you have a question about your baby's development, "like" the BabyClub page and join the chat!