Here are some physical effects, noticeable in very young womb twin survivors:
* Born premature
* Small for dates
* Dermoid cyst
* Additional fingers and/or toes
Characteristic behaviour often seen among very young womb twin survivors:
* Crying/miserable for long periods and not easily soothed
* Wanting to be held close to someone's body
* Not wanting to be left alone, especially at night
* Often fearful and anxious
* Enhanced capacity to survive medical or surgical interventions (a "survivor")
* Understand that the loss of a twin before or around birth has a real physical and emotional effect. That means there is a meaning to the signs, symptoms and behavior that your child may display.
* Be clear in your own head that the lost twin is a real little "person who might have been" and is probably going to be an important person in the life of your little womb twin survivor.
* Notice anything that seems to indicate that your child has a sense of their twin still "with them" in some way. That includes chatting in "baby talk" to someone who isn't there; staring at some area of the room as if "seeing" someone there.
* Provide a surrogate twin in the form of a cuddly toy. A teddy bear is good - one the size of a newborn baby is excellent. If the child becomes fixated on the toy and will not be separated from it, that is proof that a close attachment is needed, so do allow the child to take the toy everywhere and make sure it is never lost!
The Womb Twin Kids project is supported by Womb Twin.