Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: CD | 2009-02-10

Q.

Tantrums and vomiting

I have a daughter who is two and half years old. From the age of 14 months she has been throwing tantrums. They have become worse over the past month or so to the degree where I feel that I can' t cope anymore. She will lose her temper over the slightest thing and end up vomiting. We have tried all sorts of ways to address the problem including the naughty corner, speaking nicely to her and also ignoring her. All of this doesn' t make the slightest difference - she can continue ranting and raving for a solid hour. Please can you advise if there is anything medically we can do - it is really causing problems in our household and I am concerned that there is some emotional condition that perhaps we are missing.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Temper tantrums are very common in this age group and your little girl is having very typical temper tantrums. You need to remove the audience when she starts to perform. There is nothing like the audience walking out during a performance. When she shows the signs that she is going to start with a tantrum tell her firmly to 'Stop!'. Speak in a clear firm voice and don't shout. If she continues performing then immediately put her in her room and close the door. Do not let her out until she is completely quiet again, even if it takes an hour. The tantrums will gradually become less and less.

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