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What is healthy attachment in children?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the ways we judge emotional strength is through a concept called "attachment." This emotional bond, which represents the sense children have that they can trust their caregivers, serves as the foundation for a healthy emotional life. Healthy attachment occurs naturally for many of us, especially if you had loving caregivers as a child, but some kids do suffer from what we call attachment disorder, in which they find it difficult to bond with their parents. Healthy attachment develops when a parent or caregiver is attentive and sensitive to a child's needs every day, as shown through prompt, consistent, and tender responses.
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