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Dr. Patricia Daniel
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Temper Tantrums (Definition)

A temper tantrum is an event in which a child is angry and cries, screams, hits, kicks, and/or throws himself onto the ground to get things done his way from Mom, Dad, or another family member. Temper tantrums are loud, especially in public places, but are best ignored and politely handled from ...Read more


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Can my 7 month old be having temper tantrums?When he wants something he doesn't just get fussy anymore. He just screams loudly and suddenly.

Can my 7 month old be having temper tantrums?When he wants something he doesn't just get fussy anymore. He just screams loudly and suddenly.

I agree that his : Pediatrician needs to see him & a video of an episode. Learned behaviors typically start at 6 months, so he can have learned that his shriek gets instant attention, but you can't ignore it till you know he's ok. If ok, ignore it consistently till he gives it up. Intermittently reinforcing it makes it last longer. Attend to him while he's happy. With phrases like, " Up? You want up?" & a smile. ...Read more

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My 21 month old has temper tantrum 18 hours a day! What can I do?

My 21 month old has temper tantrum 18 hours a day! What can I do?

DMDD: Sounds like dysregulated mood disorder, not terrible 2's because it is so pervasive. Unpublished but submitted research indicates this may be a disorder of brain Glutamate. Amantadine is very effective if this is DMDD. Speak to your pediatrician to be sure that there is not another medical cause of the irritability. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do?

My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do?

Keep him safe in car: At four months he is too young for a real temper tantrum. While he may get agitated by the car seat's restrictive environment, his safety in the car is paramount for him to be transported in any other way in the car. You may want to have someone else sit beside him not to make him so lonely. ...Read more

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4 month old infant with eczema on back of neck and bleeding due to scratching. How would you treat this?

4 month old infant with eczema on back of neck and bleeding due to scratching. How would you treat this?

See your doc: There are multiple medications that can be used. First you have to rule out secondary bacterial infection. See your physician. ...Read more

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Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?

Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?

Possible: It is possible to get botulism but it is unlikely. Watch out for symptoms 18 — 36hrs after ingestion. Symptoms in infants are lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, weak cry. Constipation is usually the first symptom to occur. There is nothing for you to do now except observation. If your baby seems to be floppy or develops any of the above symptoms, you need to go to the nearest ER. ...Read more

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Why is my son still having temper tantrums at age 13?

Why is my son still having temper tantrums at age 13?

The most common...: The most common cause of persistent tantrums is persistent rewards for having them. On the other hand, if his tantrums get him absolutely nothing, it may be time to see a mental health professional. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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Hi I have problem with my temper on occational. Growing up I had a temper tantrums but I got spank but now i still suffer child like sytoms.

Hi I have problem with my temper on occational. Growing up I had a temper tantrums but I got spank but now i still suffer child like sytoms.

Expectations: One of the subconscious problems we sometimes enter adulthood with is unexpressed expectations. We expect others to do as we like; others to fix what is broken inside of us; expectations that lead us to very unhealthy coping skills. You may need to do some work with a good therapist to find out what is really happening deep inside; know there are adult and healthier ways to deal with emotions. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son throws terrible Temper tantrums any tips? Just screams for hours when he doesn't get what he wants What's an appropriate reaction

Start by calling : Child Find of your local school district for developmental assessment. Also, fill out developmental screens & the M-CHAT on firstsigns.org & see his pediatrician. Tell your son your rules at his language level, then ignore tantrums consistently by walking him from behind to time-out without talking, making eye contact or acting angry. Repeat till he stays put, then set timer for 3 minutes. ...Read more

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My 16 year old hits me during his temper tantrums what do I do?

Get help: You don't say if your son has any underlying conditions such as autism, but allowing a 16-year old to hit you is teaching him to be abusive. If he does have another condition, get specialized help (behavioral training). If not, get help for yourself, for him, and for the family. Domestic violence is dangerous for everyone involved. ...Read more

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Is there a mental diagnosis for an adult who throws temper tantrums the same way a child does?

Intermittent expolos: Intermittent explosive disorder is a condition where a person has sudden outbursts. It can exist by itself or be a symptom of panic disorder, anxiety, adhd, dementia, seizures, neurologic disorders, as well as bipolar and psychotic disorders. Evaluation and appropriate treatment can greatly help but the cause needs to be determined. ...Read more

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I'm 27 and i still have temper tantrums, if anything they are getting worse with age. How can I better deal with this?

Anger management: You should either take an anger management class or go to a group. You can also see a counselor individually for help. You and others will benefit from getting help. ...Read more

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4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns every day. Can get physical with you at times. What can/should be done? Desperate!

Talk to your doctor: First, talk with your child's doctor. She may recommend a child therapist or behavior counselor. Give your child choices where you can, but not where you can't. You can say "it's time for bed. Do you want to read a book or sing a song before you go to sleep?" don't say "do you want to go to bed"! Avoid unnecessary power struggles and choose your battles. Be consistent with important rules, though. ...Read more

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Does my 3 year old have odd? I do not spank her and I do not use physical punishment. She has temper tantrums that last for a few hours. She always blames others for her misbehavior. She frequently questions rules. When I ask her to do something, she refu

Protracted tantrums: Typically-developing tots begin to self-calm & respond to time-out ~ 18 mos. Protracted tantrums @ 3 suggest childhood dysregulation disorder, seen with early-onset adhd or a family history of mood disorders, etc. Ask her pediatrician to refer you to a child psychologist who'll teach you techniques to ignore tantrums & defiance effectively & "catch her being good, " as she may not outgrow this. ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. These areas of the brain can be damaged in cerebral palsy. Medication and counseling may be helpful. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for a 13-year old to throw an explosive temper tantrum?

Nope: Tantrums are normal for two year olds. This is a warning sign of a deeper psychological problem that needs to be immediately investigated. If you have guns in the house remove them. Certainly sit down with him and give him the chance to openly discuss his feelings. Then get him in for his appointment asap. ...Read more

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How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

Trial and error: Different techniques work with different children. Some techniques that parents/guardians of my patients with asperger's have had success with include hand massages and taking a bath or a shower. I suggest involvement in a support group for caregivers of autistic spectrum children for more ideas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time diciplining my 3yr old when she is having a temper-tantrum, not listening or being rude to me & others. I've tried everything?

I am having a hard time diciplining my 3yr old when she is having a temper-tantrum, not listening or being rude to me & others. I've tried everything?

Temper tantrum: Here are some ideas to try.
1) time out
2) remove your child from the scene and discuss why he or she is upset
3) take away favorite toy-- child earns it back with good behavior
4) reward method-- good behavior earns something (not food)
5) teach child ways to deal with stress besides temper tantrum (coloring, writing, favorite book, running outside, etc).
Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you do when a seven-year old with add/adhd has a temper tantrum?

What do you do when a seven-year old with add/adhd has a temper tantrum?

Have a plan: There is nothing unique about adhd in terms of handling temper tantrums--excpet they may be a bit more prone to them. To little space to go into detail, but look up the explosive child or others sources about dealing with out-of-control behavior. Develop a consistent intervention that keeps the child safe and minimizes secondary gain (benefits) the child might be getting. Adhd is not an excuse. ...Read more

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Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Part of disorder: Part of the disorder is inappropriate emotional responses to situations. Laughter to a boy with asperger's is not the same laughter as you and I would interpret it. That it what is so hard for all of us to understand with these kids, because we interpret our environment and situations one way, and it's a totally different world and experience for these kids. Often altered sensations to pain as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 1.5 yr old son to have a nosebleed every time he has an extreme temper tantrum?

Is it normal for my 1.5 yr old son to have a nosebleed every time he has an extreme temper tantrum?

SpontaneousNosebleed: First, the situation you describe with your young son is NOT normal. He needs to see a pediatric ENT specialist or a general ENT specialist to ensure he does not have errant blood vessels in the nasal septum and/or nasal cavity. ...Read more

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What to do to help my teen with temper tantrums?

What to do to help my teen with temper tantrums?

Pick your battles: Read books about teens. Educate yourself about development/adjustment to changes. Talk by not overloading with information. Just answer their questions. Put yourself in their shoes. Empathize. Pick your battles and ignore their drama. Tell them you care but set expectations for behavior; rules of the house, grades, etc. Respect their privacy. Tell them you love and care for them! ...Read more

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What is the best way to put an end to someone throwing temper tantrums?

Get help: Professional help can be i valuable. You need a good evaluation for a mood did. Otimize nutrition, add essential fatty acids to you diet, regular exercise, access and reduce sources of stress, work on positive thinking and add positive supports to you life and relationships including counseling. ...Read more

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I still throw temper tantrums, and I want it to stop. Is it because I have a need for control?

The simple explana-: Tion is that you've received positive or negative attention that has reinforced your using tantrums as a way to get what you want or to avoid doing what you don't want to do. Since you recognize that tantrums are no longer age-appropriate, the next step is to see your doctor, a psychiatrist & a psychologist to rule out contributing medical or mental health issues, then develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can you have your daughter committed to an institution if she is violent in her temper tantrums?

Can you have your daughter committed to an institution if she is violent in her temper tantrums?

Diagnose first: The first thing to do is have her evaluated by a behavioral psychologist or psychiatrist. There may be treatment alternatives that can successfully manage her behavior. A last resort would be a psychiatric hospitalization to further the evaluation. ...Read more

Tantrums (Definition)

Tantrums are an uncontrolled outburst of anger or frustration. They typically in ...Read more