Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||Only close friends and relatives should visit you during your first month at home. They should not visit if they are sick ||Try to keep other elements of your baby's routine as normal as possible during the strike. ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||Don’t forget to put labels with date and time on your expressed milk bottles to check expiry dates ||AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||By rising the temperature, the body can stop a virus's ability to grow. That's why we get fevers ||Reflux is common in newborns. Most babies outgrow reflux between the time they are 1 and 2 years old ||
Temper tantrums


Temper tantrums are disruptive or undesirable behaviors or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. They may also refer to an inability to control emotions due to frustration or difficulty expressing a particular need or desire.

 
Alternative Names
Acting-out behaviors
 
Information

Temper tantrums or "acting-out" behaviors are natural during early childhood development. Children have a normal and natural tendency to assert their independence as they learn they are separate beings from their parents.

 

This desire for control often shows up as saying "no" often and having tantrums, which are compounded by the fact that the child may not have the vocabulary to adequately express his or her feelings.

 

Tantrums generally begin around age 12-18 months, get worse between 2 and 3 years, then decrease rapidly until age 4, after which they should be seldom seen. Being tired, hungry, or sick can make tantrums worse or more frequent.

 

Make sure that your child eats and sleeps at his or her usual times. If your child no longer takes a nap, it is still important to have some quiet time. Lying down for 15-20 minutes or resting with you while you read stories together at regular times of day can help prevent tantrums.

 

When your child has a temper tantrum, it is important that you remain calm. It helps to remember that tantrums are normal -- they are NOT your fault, you are NOT a bad parent, and your son or daughter is NOT a bad child. Shouting at or hitting your child will only make the situation worse. A quiet, peaceful response and atmosphere, without "giving in" or breaking the rule that you just set, will reduce stress and make both of you feel better.

 

Remember that children imitate behavior. You can also try gentle distraction to activities that they enjoy or try making a funny face. If you are not at home during a tantrum, try to carry your child to a quiet place like the car or a rest room, keeping him or her safe until the tantrum has ended.

 

Other methods to try to prevent tantrums include:

  • Use an upbeat tone when asking your child to do something. Make it sound like an invitation, NOT an order. For example, "if you put your mittens and hat on, we'll be able to go out to your play group."
  • Make rules count. Don't battle over unimportant things like which shoes your child wears or whether he or she sits in the high-chair or booster seat. Safety is what matters, such as not touching a hot stove, keeping the car seat buckled, not playing in the street, etc. As the American Academy of Pediatrics experts put it, "while [your toddler or preschooler] will be saying 'no' to everything..., you should be saying 'no' only the few times a day when it is absolutely necessary."
  • Offer choices whenever possible. For example, let your child pick what clothes to wear, stories to read, etc. A child who feels independent in many areas will be more likely to follow rules when it is a must. DO NOT offer a choice if one doesn't truly exist.
 

The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics recommends that you call your pediatrician if:

  • Tantrums get worse after age 4
  • Your child injures him or herself or others or destroys property during tantrums
  • Your child holds his or her breath during tantrums, especially if he or she faints
  • Your child also has nightmares, reversal of toilet training, headaches, stomachaches, refuses to eat or go to bed, anxiety, or excessive clinging to parents


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