When Does a Preschooler's Temper Tantrum Become a Behavioral Problem?

Monday, September 3, 2012 - 8:50am

Researchers at Northwestern University developed a guide that helps parents and doctors determine when a tantrum is just part of toddlerhood, or if it is a sign of a behavioral problem.  

They surveyed the parents of more than 1,500 preschoolers, and found most tantrums happen when a child is tired or frustrated, or during mealtime and bedtime.

They also found less than ten percent of children have a daily tantrum. 

Children who have tantrums "out of the blue," or are so upset they become exhausted, may need to be evaluated. 


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