Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mom | 2010-02-19


Could something be wrong?

Please can you put my mind a ease. I have a toddler (two and a half). He is a busy boy and of course throws tantrums. However, he seems to have tantrums in spells. He will be as good as gold for a week and such a pleasant child and then all of a sudden he will act out and become extremely aggressive, frustrated and the tantrums get out of hand. I worry so much that it is something I am doing wrong and it is his cry for attention. I find when he is acting out he is uncontrollable - I battle to keep control of him and he becomes, in a sense, wild.
Another thing, what causes tantrums in his sleep. When he is having one of these bad days they often upset his nights sleep and he throws tantrums (kicking and screaming and shouting) in his sleep. He will ask for absurd things but he is not even properly awake. This can go on throughout the night where he will just fall asleep after a bit and then out of nowhere start kicking and screaming again. It does not seem normal to me.
Please help.

Expert's Reply



There seem to be two problems with you son who is going through the 'terrible twos' at present. He is having quite distressing temper tantrums and he is also having night terrors. Is he at a creche or school where he is not happy or is he being bullied?
In any case you need to put a stop to the temper tantrums now. The main thing is for the audience to walk out while the performance is on. Speak firmly to him when he starts with a tantrum. Tell him to STOP and do not plead with him, speak in a firm clear voice. If he does not stop immediately put him in his room and close the door. Do not let him out until he is quiet again.He must say sorry when he comes out of his room. For his night terrors just go to him and reassure him, tuck him in again and leave the room. Find out if there is a problem at his creche/school.

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