Often an older child will feel jealous when you have a new baby. It may take a few months before a child shows signs of these feelings. But after some time, your child will realize that the
baby is there to stay. That's when you may start to see strong emotions and behaviour
problems. This is called sibling rivalry.
Sibling rivalry happens
between older children too. Children have a strong need for
attention. And they need positive feedback from their parents. Conflict often happens
because children feel they are competing with their siblings for this
Before a new baby arrives:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter U245 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Sibling Rivalry."
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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