I just wanted to know if there were any other mums here who have had (or currently have) a LO who went through a bad separation anxiety phase and how they were able to manage it? Up until roughly a month ago, my boy was a very smiley baby and was very warm and welcoming with strangers. He's always been a bit 'sensitive' and needs an adjustment period before he can be completely comfortable - this is especially true for family and friends, not so much strangers - but when it came to cashiers and new people he'd be shy and smiley. Since this phase began he is easily distressed by others, even those he is familiar with. He looks scared by new faces, gets distressed when family hold him if I am not there next to him etc. Two weekends ago we took him swimming with his nan and pop, and I ducked out for about 20 minutes to get some shopping done. When I came back to them he was in a fit of tears and doing that awful panting between breaths :/ I know it is a phase but is there anything I can do to help him out of it or do I just have to wait? I'm afraid to leave him with anyone now for longer than five minutes it is that severe, and I don't like to see him so fraught because I left. Help, opinions?