Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Pale | 2011-12-20


Child cries all the time

Hi Doc,

Please help, I have a 2 year old that cries all the time, up to 20 to 30 times in a day . She has been like this since she was born. Everything makes her cry. I now don''''t know what to do seriously, she gets on my nerve and I just want to shut her up.
I have started to just let her cry until she stops. She will throw herself on the floor, bang her head on the wall or even run around the house or yard screaming her lungs out.
Last night she was crying because I was eating she I don''''t understand that at all. She had had her dinner already and did not want to eat with me.
What could be wrong with her? How can I help her see that she will not get what she wants just because she cries for it? What is wrong with me? I give her all my attention, in fact she is the center of my life. This is my first child and I don''''t think I will ever ever have another child again!

Expert's Reply



Babies and toddlers who cry all the time and are also very demanding are very demoralising for parents. The usual response by parents is exactly as you mention you feel and almost always parents mention that they do not want to have another child.To add to your problems your daughter is now entering the terrible two's and is also having temper tantrums.It is important to try to involve her father and especially grandparents in helping out when the going gets tough. It is also important that your daughter should be in daycare to give you a few hours of respite most days.It is important from your child's health point of view to make sure that she can hear normally, that her speech is normal and that her development has been normal up to now.When she has a tantrum it is essential to put her in her room immediately and leave her there until she is quiet.If it possible,take her to a park where she can play on the swings and other playground equipment and run around until she has used up as much energy as possible.Read more on the internet and try to get hold of an excellent book 'Toddler Taming' by Dr Christopher Green, published by Vermillion, London.

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