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Temper Tantrums

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Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums or otherwise called “acting-out” behaviors are natural and common in children. These are often unpleasant and troublesome to the child, parents and also to the society. They are commonly observed in response to unmet desires. This can get worsened when the child lacks the vocabulary to communicate his or her feelings. In Ayurveda, there is a different concept of Grahabadha that affect children. It refers to affection with certain specific constellation in children leading to corresponding changes in their behavior and manners. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is a genuine institute that offers the best Ayurvedic treatment for various illnesses. IAFA’sAyurpediatric department is a well-equipped division that provides comfort and treatment to children.

Causes of Temper Tantrums

A tantrum is defined as the expression of a child’s frustration to the challenges in the situation. It can be attributed to following reasons:

  • Troubles in figuring something out
  • Difficulty in completing a specific task
  • Child may not have the vocabulary to express his or her feelings
  • Frustration can trigger anger 
  • Child may be thirsty, hungry or tired and cannot withstand the situation
  • Attention seeking
  • Feel of wanting independence
  • Compulsion to do something that they don’t want to do
  • Rarely hearing or vision problems, language delay, learning disability etc. 

Tantrums usually begin in 12 to 18 months of age and can get worse between ages 2 to 3. They usually decrease by age 4 and rarely occur after age 4.

Ayurvedic reference of Temper Tantrums

Manifestations of Temper Tantrums

Temper Tantrums can be manifested in different ways:

  • Screaming 
  • Kicking
  • Hitting

  • Breath holding
  • Actions which are out of control
  • Throwing himself or herself to the floor

Response of Parents during Tantrums

The response and attitude of parents are important in controlling and reducing the intensity of tantrums. The parents should:

  • Stay calm
  • Avoid the child and don’t give attention to tantrums
  • Don’t hit or beat
  • Don’t offer anything to stop tantrums

  • Distract child to some other activities
  • Give snacks or food if they are hungry
  • Remove dangerous or harmful things from their surroundings
  • Give an appropriate time to make them under control.

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Diet in Temper Tantrums

Do’s (Pathya) in Temper Tantrums

  • Give food at correct time daily
  •  Practice a correct routine
  •  Praise and appreciate for the good things they have done
  •  Give options and chances to select their likes and dislikes
  •  Understand the abilities and limitations of the child and behave accordingly
  •  Give enough water to  drink
  •  Practice bathing regularly
  •  Practice healthy physically and mentally empowering games and sports
  •  Give more vegetables and fruits
  •  Include fruit juices rather than tea or coffee
  •  Provide good mental support

Don’ts (Apathya) in Temper Tantrums

  • Offering bribe to stop tantrums
  • Don’t go for late outings
  • Don’t be delayed to give food
  • Don’t beat or hit
  • Don’t give up for tantrums
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food
  • Avoid junk food and restaurant food
  • Lack of sleep

Ayurvedic Treatment for Temper Tantrums

Ayurveda offers various medicines to make the child calm and attentive. It includes various internal medicines as well as external procedures.

Internal Medicines for Temper Tantrums

  • SaraswathaGhrta
  • RasnadiGhrta
  • Brahmi Ghrta
  • PanchagavyaGhrta
  • MahapaishachikaGhrta

  • Saraswatharishta
  • Chandanasava
  • Usirasava
  • Guduchyadi Kashaya

Treatment Procedures for Temper Tantrums

  • Parishechana (Bathing in medicated water)
  • Dhupana (Fumigation)

Single Drugs in Temper Tantrums

  • Sarshapa (Brassica campestris)
  • Nimba (Azadirachtaindica)
  • Vacha (Acoruscalamus)
  • Kushta (Saussurealappa)

  • Bhallataka (Semecarpusanacardium)
  • Bala (Sidacordifolia)
  • Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri)
  • Aswagandha (Withaniasomnifera)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: At what age temper tantrums are seen?

Answer: Temper tantrums are usually seen in children from 1 year to 4 years of age. Beyond 4 years, they usually reduce. 

Question: How should temper tantrums be managed?

Answer: Parents should stay calm and patient and avoid beating children. Give them time to get calm.

Question: Is Ayurveda effective in managing temper tantrums?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda has different treatment modalities to manage such problems in children. It includes internal as well as external medicines and therapies. 

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