A nurse is caring for a 2-year-old child who has been hospitalized for 12 hours. Which of the following situations would most affect the child's behavior?

The separation from parents


• Between the ages of 6 months and 2.5 years, separation anxiety is very common. Separation from parents should be avoided when possible, due to the distress it causes.

• If separation anxiety is avoided, the child will be able to better handle the other stressors from unfamiliar surroundings and people.

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