Child Psychology and Behaviour

Cranky child

Nishtha Dutt
1 to 3 years

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Updated on Feb 27, 2014

Hi parents, My son is 2 year old. He has become very cranky. He will not leave me at all. Even if i go to kitchen or even washroom, he will start crying. Please suggest how to tackle this situation?

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Anurima

| Feb 27, 2014

Dear Nishta, have you checked if his second set of molars are cutting through? This is the age for the molars and they hurt really bad, making the child cranky and uncomfortable. If this is the case, it may take some time for him to be back to his old self. Also check with the doctor for some options to help him deal with the pain.

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Shikha Batra

| Feb 27, 2014

Hi dear Nishita! Well no wonder ur child's separation anxiety is at its peak. I can understand its the most difficult phase and taxing for a mother too as u just can't leave ur child alone for few minutes. One feels crippled as well as helpless. U cud try taking following steps: 1. U cud take help of a family member to take care of the child in ur absence. Or u cud ask ur household help to look after him when u need to be away for few minutes. Ask them to involve themselves with the child during the day so that they share a rapport with the child. 2. When u go to the kitchen u cud lay a mat in front of the kitchen and give some toys to him where he cud watch u. 3. U cud put CD's of nursery rhymes to divert his attention. 4. U cud take him to the park where u cud leave him with other children and let him play while u keep an eye on him. 5. U cud put some eatables in his plate and ask him to finish on his own. This will keep him occupied. 6. U cud do whatever u have always wanted to do for one hour at least during the day like doing exercise, joining some classes, etc by handing over the child to ur hubby, or grandparent when they are available . This will give u much required break, rejuvenate u as well as make ur child get used to others. it s just a phase which will pass by. Hope this helps!

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Parentune Support

| Feb 27, 2014

Hi Nishita! Here is a link to similar parent talk that you may find relevant: https://www.parentune.com/parent-talk/aggression/965

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