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Solution: Too Old for Tantrums?

by Editorial Team | July 13th, 2012 | Parenting Predicament

My five-year-old is still having occasional tantrums, and I’m worried about kindergarten in the fall. But I don’t want to go to a doctor if this is just normal behavior — is it?

Most sources say tantrums should be rare after age four.

Evans Army Community Hospital has some advice on handling tantrums here, and also recommends calling your doctor if:

  • your child hurts himself or others during tantrums
  • they happen five or more times a day
  • they continue in school
  • your child has other behavior problems
  • one parent has “tantrums or screaming bouts” and can’t stop
  • the approach recommended by Evans doesn’t help within two weeks
  • you have any other concerns

This should help you decide.


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