Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Leonie | 2011-04-26

Q.

Screaming Todler

Good day. I''ve got a 23 month old toddler who screams for almost everything. I am sitting with my hands in my hair. I''ve tried shouting with him, talking calmly, ignoring him, smacking his bottom, name it, I’ ve tried it and nothing seems to help. I’ m expecting his brother in 8 weeks and need this shouting to be gone by the time the baby comes home as my toddler’ s screaming is sure to wake the dead not even mentioning his brother. Please help, how do I handle these tantrums? Your help will be much appreciated. Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There are at least two things that you should not do when confronted by a toddler having tantrums especially a toddler in or close to the 'terrible two's'; shouting does not help and smacking only makes things a lot worse. Your son is now at the right age to apply the time out method. When he starts with a tantrum just say 'Stop that!' in a clear,firm voice. Do not plead with him. If he does not listen immediately take him to his room and close the door. He must not be allowed out until he is completely quiet. Do this each and every time the instant he starts with a tantrum.

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