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Health Tip: Stop Toddler Tantrums Before They Start

Suggestions to avoid a maddening meltdown

(HealthDay News) -- It's usually tough to stop a toddler's tantrum once it starts, so the Nemours Foundation suggests how to avoid one altogether:

  • Give your child enough attention, especially when the child is exhibiting good behavior.
  • Let your toddler have control over small decisions, such as what to eat or wear.
  • Choose your battles; fighting over a small thing may not be worth it.
  • If there is something your child can't have, keep it out of sight.
  • Offer your child toys and challenges that are age-appropriate, avoiding frustration.
  • Don't push your child beyond his or her limits.
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