Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Annette | 2009-11-10

Q.

Strange behaviour

My 5 year old is very responsible and mature at home. He is intellegent, precise and very honest. He takes initiative when it comes to assisting his dad who has been wheelchair bound for the past 2 years and is a valuable helper. He is protective of his 3 year old brother. However, when I enter a public place e.g. the doctor' s office, he changes completely. He talks with a voice of a 2-year old, becomes hyperactive, pulls shy baby faces and makes funny movements, leaving me very embarrassed. People tend to ask me whether he is an only child. I don' t know what is wrong with him. How can one child be so diverse?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This kind of behaviour is usually due to attention seeking. The question is why your son only behaves like this when in public.He seems to be a bit too well behaved, mature for his age and neat when at home.Could the fact that his father is wheel chair bound have something to do with his behaviour?All of this is difficult to answer. It would be best to ask a child psychologist to see him.

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