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What are some signs of stress I might see in my infant or toddler during the divorce process?

  • More crying or tantrums
  • Loss of appetite or other digestive disturbances
  • Changes in sleep patterns: difficulty getting to sleep or sleeping through the night
  • Behavior changes: quieter or withdrawn; fussier; more kicking, hitting, or biting; more difficulty separating; following directions less often
  • "Babyish" behavior: thumb sucking or loss of bladder or bowel control. These behaviors usually go away in time.
  • Physical symptoms: tummy-aches or headaches

Talk to your pediatrician first if these behaviors appear. If there is not a physical problem, your pediatrician may be able to recommend a counselor or other source of assistance. Organizations such as ParentLink,, can also provide helpful information.


Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia





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