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Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are very common in toddlers (and in many doctors). These fits are embarrassing and seem to occur at the worst times.

The cure for temper tantrums is both simple and well known. If the bad behavior is not rewarded it will resolve. Simply walking away from the child (and leaving the room) works well especially for first children. We are in the thick of tantrums with our 6th child. When our 2 year old looses it we will place him in his bed, until it resolves. It often takes 15 to 20 minutes of screaming for it to resolve.

During temper tantrums many children will bang their heads or hold their breath. These behaviors will also go away if ignored.

When older children (3 years old and up) still have tantrums it is helpful to discuss the events and even act out the situation. When my oldest son was almost 3, he would cry if we served him his orange juice before he asked for it. Initially, we poured his juice and left it on the counter until he requested it. Eventually, Maggie and I realized that we were creating a monster, by allowing this ridiculous behavior to continue.

We began to serve him his juice before he asked for it. His temper tantrums would often last an hour. After he had calmed down we would talk about the events that led to the melt down and play act how he should respond. He would play the role of the better behaved child. With time and persistent these tantrums resolved.



Head Banging

Our baby turns 15 Months old tomorrow. The past couple of weeks, he has started throwing temper tantrums when he is frustrated. When he throws the tantrum, he bends over and bangs his head on the (... more on head banging)


Written February 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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