Your doctor may ask you to keep a record of your child's
temper tantrums before you bring your child in for a
physical exam. It's a good idea to include the following information.
How often does your
child have tantrums?
What usually leads up to your child having a
Does your child have temper tantrums more often
around certain people?
Where do your child's tantrums usually occur?
Do they ever occur at school?
What does your child do
during a temper tantrum? How intense is the behavior?
How long does a tantrum last?
do you do during a tantrum? How do you feel when your child is
having a temper tantrum?
Do you give in to your child
after a tantrum? Do you ever punish your child
for having a tantrum?
How do your child's temper tantrums affect the
These answers can help your doctor get a
clearer picture of what motivates your child and how your child behaves. They may also reveal patterns, such as what triggers the tantrums. This
information can help a doctor learn more about your family and
advise you on how to manage your child's behavior.
Your doctor may recommend further
exams or tests if your child often has temper tantrums that last longer than 15 minutes or occur
more than 3 times a day.
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September 09, 2014
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