Most children learn other ways to
deal with their anger and other strong emotions as they grow older and do not
need medical treatment for
temper tantrums. Ignoring the tantrum behavior and
helping a young child learn how to handle his or her feelings is most often all
that is needed.
Parenting workshops can be helpful for parents of
a child who has temper tantrums. These types of programs often help parents
become familiar with growth and developmental stages and provide strategies on
how to handle difficult behavior.
Medical treatment for temper
tantrums may be recommended for children who:
Have long-lasting and frequent temper
Regularly have temper tantrums after 4 years of
Hurt themselves or become violent.
Talk with a doctor if:
You have concerns about your child's temper
Your child's temper tantrums frequently last longer than
15 minutes or occur more than 3 times a day.
Your child's behavior
does not improve after 4 years of age.
Your child hurts himself or
herself, other people, or objects during a temper tantrum.
You want help with learning to cope with your
feelings during your child's temper tantrums.
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