Childhood Diseases

Posted by: moomi | 2012/10/16


4 year old very angry

my daughter is 4 years and 8 months old. for the last couple of weeks she has been impossible! She had a bad winter (illness-wise), had croup 3 times and was stuck indoors alot, which makes her very frustrated, as she loves the outdoors. But after her last bout of croup she has seemingly changed from my sweet little girl into a very angry one. I am at my wits end, I dont know how to deal with her. Every single thing triggers her anger outbursts where she hits herself and screams and says " i am so angry"  and then she bursts into tears, so it breaks my heart to see her like this. I''ve tried being firm and taking a no-nonsense approach, but it hasnt worked, so I''ve tried a very loving and understanding approach, that seems to work better and improved her mood a little bit, but she still gets so angry at things. I am wondering if I should take her to see a child psychologist as I really don''t know what is going on inside her mind and it is so difficult to live like this. She also is being very rebellious lately, not listening to me, if I ask her something she ignores me. Please can you give advice on what I should do. Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Angry behaviour is not uncommon at this age. The question is why did your daughter changed from a sweet natured little girl into an angry one so suddenly after her last bout of croup? Was she put onto any new medicine at the time? Certain antihistamines especially old-fashioned antihistamines such as Allergex,but also one of the new forms especially Cetirizine can have the side effect of causing anger episodes in children.Your daughter seems to realize that she has changed and has become angry.Can you pinpoint any other possible factor that could have brought this on? It is important for you as her parents to show a great deal of patience with her at this time. Try to divert her interest when she becomes angry. Talk things through as much as possible. Lighten up her mood by trying to make her laugh.If her anger episodes persist it is definitely a good idea to consult a child psychologist.

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