Tod­dler tantrums can be man­aged

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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.

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