Toddler Tantrum: When to Worry? Warning Signs for Parents!


Temper tantrums in toddlers are frequent as they are the part of their childhood growth and a way to express their anger and frustration. But sometimes that anger and frustration go beyond normal behavior of a child, and the tantrums become extreme. Given below are three significant warning signs for parents to understand the toddler tantrum, seek professional help by contacting via phone or email.

Toddler Tantrum: When to Worry?

• Aggressive Behavior

Depressed children, children with ADHD or oppositional-defiant disorder usually show the most aggressive behaviour if they don’t get what they want. They typically get violent towards the caregiver, (that includes mother or nanny) or a toy. It is not uncommon for a child to hit his mom or break the toy when he doesn’t get what he wants but make sure that doesn’t happen always. If it does, then you’ve got a problem on your hand.

• Self-Injury

Troubled kids of the age 3 and above usually follow the practices like scratching the skin till it bleeds, banging head, biting themselves, kicking hard objects etc. to hurt themselves. This is a significant sign of deep-seated depression, and it needs to be addressed. Kids might not respond to you when you try to address the issue so, don’t hesitate to get psychiatric help.

• Frequents and Long Tantrums

If we talk in the numbers then more than five tantrums a day on multiple days in a month and tantrums that last longer than 20 minutes are an indication of disruptive disorder in your child. If your child cannot calm himself (age 3 and above) and needs help from a caregiver or a bribe to get quiet, then it’s time for you to seek professional help.

Sometimes, it is still healthy for kids between the ages of 1 year to 6 years to have extreme tantrums. But paying attention to the pattern of the outburst is always wise.