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A 25-year-old female asked:

5yr/old daughter has temper tantrums that last for hours. she hits/bites me . could there be something wrong? this is an everyday thing .

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Not Everyday Thing!: U ; your daughter both must feel frustrated ; exhausted at these times. I would advise consulting with a developmental expert -a child psychologist or psychiatrist. I'd want to understand what is provoking her outbursts as well as what is fueling them after they start. Tantrums are associated w/ various challenges -communication delays, anxiety problems, earaches, etc. Expert can help u help her!
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Take care of your-: self, first. If your anxiety is controlled with CBT & meds, you will be able to use behavior management techniques effectively & consistently. Record when, where & why each tantrum occurs & its consequence;i.e., the teacher's or your response. As Dr. A said, developmental/behavioral evaluations & treatment plans come from your school district's Child Find & child behavioral health providers.

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Last updated Apr 2, 2016

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