Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Nadine | 2008/07/17

Q.

Tantrums (PLS HELP - I& #39 M DESPERATE)

Hi

My son is 14 months old and he throws tantrums, hits, bites and bangs his head or will head-butt you. He only hits, bites and head-butts me, my mother in law &  my mother but not with the men in the family but the tantrums (throwing himself on the floor and screaming &  crying) will happen with all of us.

I' m concerned about this because it seems to be getting worse. I' ve tried leaving him to get over the tantrum, but that just makes him cry longer. I' ve tried taking to him when he has these fits of anger, but he doesn' t respond to talking and once I' m close enough he' ll hit me. I' ve even tried just holding him tightly.

What can I do? Should I take him to his paediatrician to be assessed? What am I doing wrong?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are certainly having a problem with your son's excessive tantrums. You need to be very firm with him. Just say 'Stop doing that!' in a clear firm voice when he starts with the performance. Don't beg or plead with him to stop. Immediately leave the room. He wants an audience and he will think twice when the audience walks out of the theatre. Let him cry and perform as much as he likes even if lasts for an hour, don't go back into the room until he stops. Make sure that no one tries to deal with this problem by smacking him or shouting at him as this only increases the severity of his reaction.

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