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Temper Tantrums - Topic Overview

Most children will grow out of having temper tantrums. With time, most children learn healthy ways to handle the strong emotions that can lead to temper tantrums.

Children who still have tantrums after the age of 4 may need help learning to deal with their emotions. If tantrums continue or start during the school years, they may be a sign of other issues, such as learning problems or trouble getting along with other children.

Talk with a doctor if:

  • You have concerns about your child's temper tantrums.
  • Your child is older than 4 and still has temper tantrums often.
  • Your child's temper tantrums turn into violent behavior that harms your child, other people, or objects.
  • You have problems handling your child's behavior, especially if you think that you might hurt your child.

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This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 20, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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