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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Kitty | 2007/08/21

Q.

Tantrums

My LO will be a year old in two weeks time. He is currently sick with flu and really hates taking his medicine. I don't know if that is what has sparked this, or if its something he picked up from nursery school, but all of a sudden, he is throwing tantrums for everything. A nappy change, a feed, anything. If I can, I just leave him on the floor (he throws himself backwards onto the floor and cries) until he gets up and comes crying to me. But it's really a problem when you try changing his clothes or nappy and he does this. Please can you give me advice on how to handle this. Is it normal to start with tantrums so early - I thought it only starts at age 2?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

These are typical temper tantrums which are very common at this age. The correct thing to do is to totally ignore the tantrums which can be very difficult. When you see that he is starting a performance make sure that he can't hurt himself on anything and simply walk out of the room and close the door. Only go back to him when he has stopped crying and throwing himself around. Do not shout at him or get cross with him in any way as this will aggravate the tantrums.

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Posted by: APN | 2007/08/21

My little one who is now 15 months old used to do exactly the same thing, still does at times. Try give him a toy or something to play with while your busy. It helped me out a little. I even used to give him his tea bottle when changing nappies or when getting him dressed. I must say that my little one does not do it so often anymore, they grow out of it

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