Toddler tantrums can be managed
DOES your toddler throw tantrums that are proving difficult to stop? Do they happen without much cause? Are they becoming more regular?
A tantrum can be very confronting and stressful to parents, especially if you’ve been driven to your wit’s end and are at a loss about what to do about them.
Good news – tantrums are a normal part of your toddler growing up and should tail off as a child reaches the age of 4.
Eventually they should become a rare occurrence.
That said, knowing they’ll stop one day doesn’t help when you’re trying to deal with the tantrum in front of you, so let’s look at what you can do.
Understand the cause
Your child is growing up and learning about their feelings. They’re still figuring out how to handle bad feelings and how to communicate about them.
One of the most important factors in the frequency of your toddler having a tantrum is their actual temperament.
They may naturally be more emotional and easily frustrated, which triggers a tantrum.
Stress, hunger, tiredness and over stimulation are all contributing factors towards tantrums as well as when your child is in a difficult situation.
Prevention is the first step
Try to identify situations when your child may have a tantrum and prevent trigger situations when they’re tired or hungry.
Ask whether they’re overdue for a nap or for a feed.
Making sure they get a nap sooner rather than later, or simply giving them a snack, can often stop a future tantrum from occurring.
If you see a tantrum brewing you can try to distract them with a new fun activity before the tantrum is triggered. Changing their focus can often prevent the tantrum from occurring.
Encourage good behaviour and don’t reward bad behaviour
Call your local Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service child health team on: Gayndah – 4161 3571, Mundubbera – 4161 3571, Monto – 4166 9300, Biggenden – 4127 6400 and Eidsvold – 4165 7100.