Temper Tantrums - Symptoms
temper tantrums last 30 seconds to 2 minutes and are
most intense during the first 30 seconds. During a tantrum, a child may:
- Cry, scream, or shout.
- Arch the
back or tense the body.
- Flail the arms.
Temper tantrums are most likely to occur when a child is
afraid, overtired, or uncomfortable.
Breath-holding spells may sometimes occur with
Difficult behavior that frequently lasts longer than 15
minutes, occurs more than 3 times a day, or is more aggressive may mean
that a child has a medical, emotional, or social problem that needs attention.
These are not considered typical temper tantrums. Difficult behaviors may
- Kicking, hitting, biting, scratching, hair-pulling, or pinching other people.
- Throwing or breaking
- Head-banging or inflicting self-injury.