Many children suffer from one or more behavioral problems in their early years. Usually there is some underlying emotional reason and the child grows out of the phase without medical help.
Some common behavioral problems in children include that of:
Wetting the bed regularly is unusual after the age of five, although one in seven normal children may still be wetting at this age. Bed-wetting may be caused due to immaturity of the nerves controlling the bladder. Anxiety, particularly over house moves, parental arguments, separation and urinary infection can also lead to this condition.
Therefore, it is advisable not to use punishment as an aid to toilet training a child. Do not try to train a child until he shows signs of being ready, such as calling for attention etc.
Breath holding attacks
Some children are able to hold their breath until they go blue, faint or in some cases have a convulsion. The main cause of this type of behavior is anger or frustration. This condition is frightening for the parents but harmless to the child and disappears at the age of four or five.
After such an attack it is best to lay a child on his side and wait for him to recover, if unconscious administer a non-painful slap. S
Head banging and rocking
A infants and toddlers rock back and forth in their cot at night, and sometimes rhythmically knock their forehead or back of the head on the bars or wall. There is no known cause for this behavior, however, anxiety and frustration can lead to such a condition.
In some cause the child may also find the rhythmic movement pleasurable. If this sort behavior gets severe and uncontrollable it is advisable to consult a pediatrician or a child psychiatrist.
This type of behavior is almost inevitable in children between the ages of two and four. In this sort of a behavioral condition the child may get enraged, not listen to anyone and fling himself around or hurl toys. This condition basically occurs when a child begins to have strong ideas about what he wants to do, but is often unable to do so, or is prevented.
This, results in an outburst of temper tantrums. This phase should usually pass by the age of five; however, parents dealing with children in this condition should be patient and not resort to punishing a child or behave violently with them.