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MY CHILD KEEPS HITTING, HOW CAN I HELP?
It is also a good idea to make these situations about learning. We need to teach children what to do, not just what not to do.
By explaining that hitting (or
Part of this is also letting the toddler know what to expect if she does choose to repeat the aggressive behavior. Perhaps she will get a time-out or have a toy taken away for the day.
Other things to think about
It can be hard
Does she break toys or other objects when she is upset?
Does he hurt himself on purpose, such as by banging his head on walls or floors, picking his skin until it bleeds, or biting himself?
Does she have more than 10 tantrums a day, more than once a month?
Does his aggression or anger last more than 25 minutes?
Has she recently experienced a traumatic event, such as a car accident, divorce, death of a caregiver, physical or sexual abuse, or other upsetting change?
Where to go for help
Talk with your primary care doctor. The doctor can rule out medical reasons for the child’s behavior and make suggestions for other services, if they are needed.
Talk with a trusted faith leader or community member for support or to be connected to others who can help.
InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health
IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM
For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.