Tantrums are not a new thing when dealing with toddlers as they have not yet fully grasped or developed vocalizing what they are feeling. It can be alarming to see during a tantrum for your toddler to hurt themselves. It is possible that your toddler may be very frustrated with his inability to express himself. This can lead to self-harm during a tantrum.
It can be scary to see, but there are things you can do to help your toddler overcome and avoid it. Every time your toddler self-harm during a tantrum, assess what could have triggered them. A visible pattern can help you notice and remove possible triggers.
During the tantrum itself, remove any object that can cause harm or be used to hurt themselves. Assist your child into preventing from hurting themselves further by hugging them to block their arms from hitting themselves. Physical touch may also help them calm down. Reassure them that you are there and willing to help them through that rough situation as they are in need of comfort.
In some situations, self-harm is inflicted because they are experiencing pain. They hurt themselves as a way of coping with the pain. An example would be when babies who hit their gums might be teething or kids who hit the side of their head may be experiencing an ear infection.
Another situation to look after is the frequency of self-harm, most especially when it is not connected to a tantrum. This may be a sign of autism or developmental disability. Consult with your child’s pediatrician to detect why it is happening.