When it becomes ‘problem’ behaviour
It is normal for young children to have tantrums occasionally, and they tend to do so when frustrated; unable to communicate their needs or when testing their parents decisions.
It may indicate a sign of a problem behaviour if the young child is having tantrums frequently and they become difficult to manage.
Persistent behaviour to be aware of is:
- kicking and lashing out at others
- biting themselves, others and objects
- frequent screaming, throwing themselves about
- breaking toys or whatever is near to hand
- lack of sleep or not sleeping at all
- feeding issues
- throwing objects at others
- smearing faeces
Young children may show some or all of the above from as young as 18 months of age. Seek professional advice if you feel overwhelmed and unable to change the behaviour.