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21/08/2013 at 16:20
J is 14 months, and starting to hit tantrum territory. Yesterday I did a nappy change, which he's far from a fan of generally, and he melted down. It was a poo-change, he was trying to wriggle all over the place, and I really didn't want poo on the carpet, so he got restrained with an arm until the bum was clean and clad in a fresh nappy. After the change he screamed for half an hour, literally stood and screamed, tensing up his little body and tears running down his face. If I tried to cuddle him/pick him up he smacked me off him. No distraction techniques worked, I tried to offer him toys, water, and even a snack, but he continued screaming until he was all screamed out, then he hiccuped a bit and came and gave me a cuddle. I've not really experienced tantrums before, he's only 14 months so I thought I had a bit longer to go, but it was really horrid. Anyone have any magic solutions for preventing or stopping one?
21/08/2013 at 17:04
I have no advice about the tantrums but i've had to resort to offering/rewarding with stickers for well behaved poo changes! Any wee-only nappy changes i just started to do with her standing up, twas not worth the lying down battle!
21/08/2013 at 18:55
It's 50/50 here whether distraction works with tantrums. We try a few times to distract her with something but if it doesn't work, we just walk away and leave her to it. Eventually, she'll follow still crying and asking for a cuddle which will then calm her down.
21/08/2013 at 19:07
I've always just ignored tantrums like that as nothing works. Clearly something peed him off and they don't know how to handle their emotions and can't talk it through so this is how they react. At least he just stood there rather than lashing out (trying to find a positive haha).
21/08/2013 at 20:26
It's comforting to know I'm not the only one who struggles with nappies, or can't stop their toddler shrieking!
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