During a physical exam for
temper tantrums, the doctor looks for
signs of health problems that can contribute to a child's problem behavior.
These can include hearing problems, allergies, or recurrent ear infections. A
child who is frustrated, tired, doesn't feel well, or is uncomfortable is often
more prone to having temper tantrums.
The doctor will also assess your child's developmental
and physical growth. This information can help your doctor identify any possible developmental delays that may in part cause temper
tantrums. Further testing may be recommended by behavioral or developmental
Your child comes home from school in a state. He or she is panic stricken.
The reason? Take your pick. In today's chaotic world, he or she may be worried
about anything and everything from natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and
global warming to terrorism and the Iraq War.
So what's a concerned parent to do?
"Today parents need to have an ongoing preemptive awareness of what the
kids in school could be talking about," says Glenn Kashurba, MD, a child
psychiatrist in Somerset, Pa. From...