Are Temper Tantrums Normal?

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Are Temper Tantrums Normal?

What are temper tantrums?

Temper tantrums are behavioral problems seen in children between ages 1.5 and 4 years old. They’re defined as unruly or inadmissible outbursts of emotion occurring if specific needs, motives are not met. They also occur due to inability to control emotions due to frustration or expressing a need or desire.

What is the purpose of temper tantrums?

They are a way of testing limits or control.

How are temper tantrums displayed?

Attention-seeking behaviors e.g., prolonged crying, screaming, kicking, lying on the floor, head banging, and breath-holding.

How often do temper tantrums occur?

They can occur normally as often as once or twice per week and usually last 5 minutes or less.

Are temper tantrums normal?

Most cases are part of normal development and decrease in frequency by 3 years of age.

How are temper tantrums treated?

Rewarding more positive reactions to frustration and ignoring such disruptive behavior appear to be the best course. Time-outs are also prove useful.

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