Health Tip: Dealing With Bedtime Anxiety

Reassure children that they'll be safe

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(HealthDay News) -- Young children may have anxiety at bedtime that's triggered by separation from parents.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • If you're going out and there will be a sitter, be clear about when you are leaving and when you expect to return.
  • With infants, play peek-a-boo to reassure them that even when parents go away, they come back.
  • Find something to divert your child's attention when you leave, such as having a sitter introduce a fun toy or game. Say goodbye, and leave promptly.
  • If you opt for a night out, use the same sitter. Ask the sitter to arrive before bed to help your child adjust.

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