If a child has a significant attachment to the “new baby” and is grieving the loss, there are many possible expressions of that grief.
- Aggression (hitting, demanding).
- Attention getting.
- Self blame and guilt.
- Fear – “Will it happen to me?”, “Will God punish me?”, fear of the dark, fear of going to sleep.
- Stomach aches.
- Lowered resistance to colds and infectious.
- Bowel or bladder disturbances.
- Changes in eating or sleeping.
- Decreased attention span.
- Exaggerations in “magical thinking”.
- Denial of loss.
- Increase in nightmares/dreams.