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My DS will be 6 months in a few days. Normally he will smile at strangers at the store etc but yesterday my Uncle and his wife came over to visit (DS hasn't seen them since he was a newborn) and the minute he took one look at my uncle he totally freaked out. My uncle didn't even approach him or try to hold him. I have NEVER heard DS cry so hard. His face was all red, tears streaming down and he was screaming bloody murder. Nothing would calm him down. I had to take him up stairs and it took him a long time to calm down. Today we were at the library with my niece and my sister and the little girl she nannys for. He had never met the little girl (6 years old). They walked in the room and we all started talking (DS was in the sling) and he took one look at the 6 year old girl and had the same reaction he had with my uncle. We had to leave the library and go home
He wouldn't calm down no matter what I tried (nursing, walking around, took him out of the sling, gave him a toy, cuddled, etc.) He calmed down as we were walking outside and then my sister was leaving too and we parked next to eachother and he caught a glimpse of the girl and really started screaming all over again and it took him a long time to calm down.

What the heck is going on????? I have heard of stranger anxiety but this was really alarming. I mean, he was SCREAMING and his face was all red and he could not calm down.

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Sounds exactly like my DS. He's fine in crowds, but the second someone looks at him, talks to him or *gasp* touches him, he turns into a wailing beast - poor little guy!

It started at about six months - I figure it'll pass eventually.

My parents came to visit last weekend, and it was only on the second day that DS allowed my mom to hold him. He still screamed when my dad approached though (he seems to like the ladies better

He's going to be meeting tonnes of people over Christmas, so it's either going to be a very loud holiday, or he's going to realize they're not going away and just accept it... oh boy.
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