Temper Tantrum

Temper tantrum child

Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Temper tantrums can be defined as the emotional outbursts of a toddler or an adult. This is generally seen when any of the needs are not met appropriately. These are generally noticed in young children when they do not exactly know how to express their requirements and end up getting frustrated
Preventing them would be the best way forward. If the child is stressed, it can cause an outburst of temper tantrums. Staying calm can help reduce outburst. Distracting the child with another topic is helpful. Avoid fulfilling the demands as it just encourages the child to become more stubborn. A time-out is also considered a better choice.
Temper tantrums can last anywhere from few minutes to hours depending on how to handle the situation. Even a healthy child can have a temper tantrum that can last for up to an hour. Most probably the next temper tantrum would generally last only few seconds to a minute. People who have regular temper tantrums can have them for around 20 to 30 minutes long.
Temper tantrums may be quite common among children, but there are few red flags that needs to be addressed and these include aggression towards the caregiver who is taking care of the child, causing self injuries, frequent temper tantrums, tantrums that last for a very long time, and inability to calm down after a temper tantrum. All these behaviours need to be addressed with your child’s doctor in detail.

Overview of temper tantrum

A number of behavioral changes occur in the developing years of a child. These changes mark the milestones in the toddler’s mental growth and development. The most common behavioral change that takes place in this period is “Temper Tantrum”. It can begin as early as a few months to 2-3 years of age. Statistics show that nearly 23-83% of children between the age of 2-4 years exhibit episodes of a temper tantrum.  Development of behavioral pattern and etiquettes is mandatory on the part of the parents in order to regulate these symptoms.

What is temper tantrum?

Temper tantrum yellingTemper tantrum comprises of a series of behavioral problems that occur in and infants mainly in their growing stage. The common manifestations are shouting, crying, screaming, rolling on the floor, kicking and holding breath for a long time. These outbursts are the “exhibitionistic” manifestations of these children when they desperately seek attention. The tantrum episodes are more common when the children are prevented from doing, saying or touching something. It may also occur when they do not get something (a toy or some other attractive object) even after demanding repeatedly. These kinds of tantrums result from the presence of excessive energy but the inadequacy of speech to communicate the demands.

The peak age of temper tantrums is usually 2-4 years. Typically the children exhibit temper tantrums with a particular person (mostly the parents) and at a particular place. But some children may exhibit these tantrums in public places in order to seek more attention, thinking that it might meet their demands.

What causes temper tantrum?

Temper tantrum arises from several factors. The most common factors are as follows-

  • Mental irritation and agitation when the people around cannot understand or are not listening to what the child is trying to convey.
  • Confusion in the child’s mind when he/she cannot understand what the others (especially the parents) are trying to say.
  • Lack of words to fully express the feelings and demands (occurs in infants less than1-year-old)
  • Irritation aroused due to the inability to solve different problems on their own
  • Anger and stubbornness when people discourage the child from different activities (such as touching objects, putting a finger or placing objects inside the mouth)
  • The child may have medical illnesses (like stomach ache, ear ache) but cannot convey what is wrong
  • The child may be hungry and may not be able to express it properly
  • Tiredness and sleeplessness
  • Anxiety, discomfort or unexplained fear
  • Troubled environment at home
  • Jealousy and insecurity when a child finds his/her sibling or another child of the smae age is getting more attention
  • Inability to perform activities they see people doing such as running, climbing stairs, making electronic toys work etc
  • Tendency to imitate a family member or other people (say babysitter) who has exhibits temper tantrums
  • Inherited behavioural traits
  • Overstimulation due to activity and excitement
  • Hearing the word “no” repeatedly from the parents
  • Disruption of normal routines such as timely feeding, bathing and sleeping
  • Continuously forcing a child to do something he/she is not willing to
  • The child may feel neglected and seek unnecessary attention
  • Certain developmental phenomenon like “teething”
  • Criticising or accusing a child repeatedly in front of outsiders
  • Teasing or irritation (at times abuse) caused by some unknown person

What are the common symptoms of temper tantrum?

Temper tantrum girlTemper tantrum is a very common occurrence in pre-school children. The parents must have knowledge of the following symptoms-

  • Shouting, crying and screaming
  • Banging head against a wall or some other hard surface
  • Kicking and biting unexplainably
  • Rolling on the floor
  • Stamping foot on the ground
  • Pounding fists on a surface
  • Running around in a certain space
  • Holding breath for a long time
  • Throwing away objects that are present nearby
  • Breaking things and stamping on them
  • Hitting a person or a pet animal
  • Pulling hair and making unusual faces
  • Resistive behaviour when someone tries to show affection or console
  • Stubborn attitude
  • Injurious behaviours (to others or to oneself)
  • Vomiting (occurs after long hours of tantrum)

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How do temper tantrums develop?

Temper tantrums grow progressively according to the stage of development of the child. The following stages are usually observed-

Stage I: This stage marks the onset of the first temper tantrum episodes. This stage usually starts between 12-15 months. During this time, the child starts growing feelings and emotions. It knows how to express demands. It points fingers at objects it needs and starts crying and shouting when it is not allowed to access those items. The child shows stubbornness and an extremely resistive attitude when someone tries to divert his/her attention to something else. Many children exhibit patterns like rolling on the floor, clinging to a person, being rigid and stiff, and yelling continuously.

Stage II: It is the peak period of tantrums. It occurs between the ages of 18-36 years. The parents and the school teachers observe a noticeable increase in the intensity of tantrums. The children tend to throw themselves on the ground, break objects, bite other people (mainly their friends or siblings) and frighten the elders by holding their breath. Many of these children exhibit self-abrasive behaviour as well.

Stage III: This stage usually starts after the age of 3. In this stage, the children develop words and expressions properly. The tantrums usually dissipate since the child can clearly express his/her needs. But in many cases, children tend to retain the past habits, if they strongly believe that throwing tantrums is the only means of getting what they want.

Management

Temper tantrum childThe following techniques and strategies will help you manage and prevent temper tantrum episodes:

  • Be careful of the situations and triggers that can very likely cause a temper tantrum episode. Don’t let the child live through erratic schedules or abrupt changes in daily routine.
  • Keep your child occupied with toys and similar items while you attend to other chores.
  • Make sure that the child is getting the required amount of sleep and rest every day.
  • While it is easy to give in to the temper tantrum of the child, it is neither effective nor advisable in the longer run. In order to calm your child, you must yourself first learn how to act and behave calmly during the tantrum episodes.
  • Refrain from resorting to spanking or physically hitting the child when the child is throwing a tantrum.
  • In many cases, tantrums are thrown as a way to gain attention from parent/s. Be clear and strict with the child explaining him/her why such a behavior is undesirable.
  • Try to keep your child well-fed and well-rested. Hunger and fatigue are the two biggest triggers of temper tantrums.

Temper tantrums can be defined as the emotional outbursts of a toddler or an adult. This is generally seen when any of the needs are not met appropriately. These are generally noticed in young children when they do not exactly know how to express their requirements and end up getting frustrated
Preventing them would be the best way forward. If the child is stressed, it can cause an outburst of temper tantrums. Staying calm can help reduce outburst. Distracting the child with another topic is helpful. Avoid fulfilling the demands as it just encourages the child to become more stubborn. A time-out is also considered a better choice.
Temper tantrums can last anywhere from few minutes to hours depending on how to handle the situation. Even a healthy child can have a temper tantrum that can last for up to an hour. Most probably the next temper tantrum would generally last only few seconds to a minute. People who have regular temper tantrums can have them for around 20 to 30 minutes long.
Temper tantrums may be quite common among children, but there are few red flags that needs to be addressed and these include aggression towards the caregiver who is taking care of the child, causing self injuries, frequent temper tantrums, tantrums that last for a very long time, and inability to calm down after a temper tantrum. All these behaviours need to be addressed with your child’s doctor in detail.

 

Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Maintain your calm during the temper tantrum episodes and try to ignore them as much as possible.
  • Instead of arguing or reasoning with the child amidst a tantrum episode, give short and strict commands such as “go to your room”.
  • Try to distract the child. It is effective as children have a minimum attention span and it will help you controlling the tantrum episode.
Don'ts
  • Give in readily to the demands of the child. If the child sees you forming this behavior, he/she might end up throwing temper tantrums every now and then.
  • Push your child’s physical and mental limits. Don’t take them for long journeys or give them complicated toys to play with. This will make them more restless.
  • Resort to bribing or overreacting when your child throws a temper tantrum.

 

 

 

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hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are you too a…
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The actual science behind smelling salts and how it helps in injury recovery Most smelling salts are a mixture of ammonium carbonate and some perfumes which are sniffed by an individual…
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sleep deprivation
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CT-scan-machine
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glucose-tolerance
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test – GTT Glucose tolerance test (or Oral GTT) is used to detect the onset of diabetes or prediabetes conditions. It…
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ureteroscopy
Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
shakeology woman
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Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
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AST- Aspartate Aminotransferase Test AST test is a blood test that is used to measure the level of a particular liver enzyme…
lipoprotein A
Lipoprotein (A) Test Lipoprotein (A) test is used to measure and monitor the levels of LDL(Low-Density Lipoprotein) in the bloodstream in…
Pescatarian Diet 101: What are the inherent health advantages of this diet? People opt to become a pescatarian in order to enrich their bodies with the essential health benefits that…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
PREGNANCY
Pregnancy During pregnancy, the body undergoes a number of biological and physical changes to accommodate and provide for the…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
Vitamin b12
Vitamin B12 Test Vitamin b12 is an essential nutrient required for healthy functioning of the nervous system and also development of…
Gua sha: Scraping away layers of pain with this ancient healing tool Gua sha is an ancient oriental healing method which focuses on scraping the body with specific tools to…
Helicobacter pylori IGA
Helicobacter Pylori – IgA Test The H.pylori IgA test is a blood test used to identify the level of IgA antigen in the…
Top reasons why you need to pay attention to your vitamin B6 intake Vitamin B6- An essential water-soluble vitamin. Its deficiency leads to physical changes such as sores & glossy tongue…
Threatened abortion
A few facts about threatened abortion A threatened miscarriage indicates an early pregnancy loss. Look out for symptoms like bleeding, vaginal discharge, and pain.
blood ketone test
Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
Hepatitis A virus infected liver
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Total Blood test to look for IgM antibodies to know if you are infected with Hepatitis A virus (HAV),…
amylase test
Amylase Test Amylase test is done by checking the level of this protein in the blood sample and also in…
tonometry
Tonometry Tonometry uses a device called tonometer to measure the pressure inside the eye. This pressure is depends upon…
Juice Plus: Can you really replace actual fruits with pills?  Juice Plus supplements intend to fill nutritional gaps present in our daily diet. But how successful have they…
6 arguments in favour of glucosamine and where can you find it Studies have shown that glucosamine works by preventing the breakdown of cartilage of the joints. This is usually…
improve digestion weight loss
Power up your gut: 8 proven steps on how to improve your digestion Did you know you have a colony of bacteria in your gut that help you in digesting food?…
piles
Best treatment for piles in Bangalore All you need to know about piles and piles treatment in Bangalore - the types of treatment available,…
Is bronchitis contagious? And how to prevent this infection? It is acute bronchitis that is contagious which means you can contract it from another person or you…
fitness routine fun
10 fantastic ways to make your fitness routine more fun! Are you too bored to exercise? Do you avoid gym cause it's too monotonous? Looking for fun and…
shiitake mushrooms healthy
What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
The Cabbage Soup Diet: The healthiest way to instant weight loss Cabbage soup diet rapid weight loss diet for those who want to shed those extra pounds in less…
creatinine
Creatinine Test The level of creatinine in the blood is a significant indicator of the health of your kidneys. This…
Carb Cycling: Weighing the pros vs the cons of this diet routine Completely discarding carbs from your life will do you more harm than good. Read more about carb cycling,…
General adaptation syndrome: Understanding stress, one step at a time The struggle of the body to produce hormones during a stressful situation is the main theme of general…
immunoglobulin M
Immunoglobulin M Test Immunoglobulin M is the largest and the first produced antibody which helps in the prevention or fighting of…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
Exercises or diet? Find out the healthiest way to gain weight Tired of being called skinny all the time? Looking for healthy ways to beef up? Why not try…
labiaplasty
Labiaplasty Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to modify the labia minora and the labia majora. Learn about who can…
kidney stones
Kidney stones Kidney stones are solid substances made up of crystals. They can be of various sizes. Treatment depend on…
castor oil hair
Castor oil : A vitamin-rich oil for shiny locks and healthy bowels Castor oil bestows unlimited benefits, whether you use it for your hair or skin. But did you know…
stress depressed anxiety
Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling sad? Have you…
lp-pla2
LP-PLA2 Test The LP-PLA2 test is a test which is carried out to assess the levels of Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2…
anoscopy
Anoscopy Anoscopy is an invasive diagnostic procedure where a small device known as anoscope will be inserted in the…
Appendix pain: Recent findings on this not-so vestigial organ The exact function of the appendix is still not clear. Some consider it as an organ that once…
thyroid_scan
Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
lose weight fast
12 easy and instant steps to successful weight loss Do you want to lose weight without losing your mind? Does weight loss always mean saying goodbye to…
Muscle relaxers: Think twice before popping prescription drugs for muscle pain The market is brimming with OTC muscle relaxers. But these come with a host side-effects. Find out the…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
free testosterone test
Free testosterone Free Testosterone Test measures and monitors the level of the free testosterone in the blood. Less than 4%…
toxo gondii igm test
Toxo Gondii-IgM Test The toxo gondii IgM test is a blood test that tells the presence or absence of toxoplasmosis IgM…
avocado benefits
Avocado: 15 reasons why this fruit should be a staple in your diet Did you know that the word avocado literally means "testicles". Don't get grossed out as this power-packed fruit…
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CrossFit: Now get the perfectly sculpted body with this explosive gym routine CrossFit is a fitness regimen that makes use of high-intensity exercises in a shorter period to achieve muscle…
Is it possible to achieve full body detox with Master Cleanse? Master cleanse is a diet consisting of a lemonade based beverage, a salt water drink and a herbal…
Bloodtestalbumin
Albumin Test Albumin test or blood serum test is a liver function test that measures the amount of the protein…
Hymenoplasty
Hymenoplasty Read on to find out all about hymenoplasty, the procedure, post-surgery care, the risks, and the benefits.
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…

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