How to Handle Toddler Meltdowns?

Dr Poonam Sachdev
Tips for ParentWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Feb 06, 2013
How to Handle Toddler Meltdowns?

Toddlers can be amazingly cute and adorable, but they can test your tolerance sometimes.  Most children pass through the tantrum phase without much issue, but some don’t and can cause parents’ endless hours of anxiety.  Read on to know how to cope with your toddler’s meltdowns.

  • Do not get upset or frustrated if your child throws a tantrum; small children cannot express their feelings in words so they may just scream and cry.
  • Find the possible cause for the tantrum, as many children get upset when they are hungry, or tired, so it’s important that you have a regular schedule for his naps and eating times.
  • Divert his attention by playing with him or switching on the television.  But if he persists with crying, just ignore him.  He will soon realise these tantrums are non-productive. 
  • If your child persists with the tantrum do not relent; just say a firm “no” and walk off, as giving in encourages the behavior.
  • Have a consistent response to his tantrum.  Practice time-outs, as these can have a calming influence.
  • Encourage your toddler to express his feelings in words and you can do the same.