Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mary-Lou | 2009/12/06


Cries until he vomits ...

When my son, aged 3, cries and does not get his way ... he simply cries until he vomits. How do I deal with this terrible habit which he has been doing since about the age of 18 months? Plese advise. Thanks.

Expert's Reply



This is a form of temper tantrum but is difficult to deal with using the controlled crying or time out methods.You still must remove his audience so he should be sent to his room the minute that he starts crying.The next part is difficult because you need to shorten the time that your son is in his room so as to avoid him reaching the point when he will vomit. Some psychologists suggest simply putting a bucket in the room with him to use if he vomits.If you do not want to use a bucket and your son does vomit, you have to remain calm. Quickly change his clothes, sponge him off using cool water and then return him immediately to his room. This must all be done without giving him too much attention. Your son will soon get the message that his performances are simply not worth the effort.

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