Is this Normal for a five month old?

Holli - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My five month old is throwing tantrums. When he gets upset he'll scratch and pinch me along with throwing himself backwards and crying. Is this normal at his age?

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/27/2011

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When my little ones have had tantrums like that when they were that young, it's that they are more irritable because of something underlying - usually teething, but sometimes not getting enough sleep. Our teething grumpiness started about a month before teeth erupted. Just try to be the calming force and understand that he can't help it. I would just hold him and sweetly say that it will be all right. give himextra cuddles and help him through this. it won't be too long even though it may feel like it.

Kate CP - posted on 05/27/2011

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I wouldn't call that a tantrum. That's him telling you something is REALLY wrong.

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Kellie - posted on 06/09/2011

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to those of you that say a 5 month old can't/doesn't have tantrums, is that true? has it been proven? (i'm serious, not being nasty or whatever).

Because my 6 month old definitely has tantrums! She 'jumps' up and down, throws herself backwards, cries, squeals, kicks her legs etc etc, everything you've seen a toddler do! this happens during a feed halfway through when I take the bottle away from her to give her a burp so she's not skulling 180mls in one go, or if I put her down and she wasn't finished with Mummy cuddles, or if she's trying to do something and can't quite do it she'll lie flat on the floor kicks her legs and bang her arms on the floor, it really is an amazing sight to see. She is incredibly strong willed, alert and very much tuned into cause and effect. I gently let her know that tantrums will NOT result in her getting her way, not now and not EVER LOL

Holli, children, and yes even 5 months old children, understand A LOT more adults give them credit for, they are little people not little idiots (IMO), I have no doubt he is throwing tantrums, children no matter their age naturally test EVERYTHING!!! I talk to my daughter about a lot of things, i.e. when I put her to bed I'll say something like It's time for little girls to have a nap now, you have a good sleep, i'm only in the lounge room and I'll come if you need me and i'll check on you lots. She may test this from time to time and 'call' me, so i just tuck her in and repeat the process :) 9 times out of 10 I only have to do it once. Same goes for when she's having a tantrum, my response to her varies (it depends on why she's having one), if it's because she's trying and not quite getting there with something developmental I'll pick her up give her a cuddle and tell her she's doing great and she'll get there, if it's because i've put her down and she wasn't finished with cuddles, I'll say your ok, i'm right here that's enough of that now and stroke her face, for me this works. Try talking to him, we never will know how much they truly do understand, so why not I say!

I'm not a weirdo honest! I just think outside the square.

Deborah - posted on 06/09/2011

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I Believe being upset is fine, but tantrums are not. I believe tantrums are just a way for the child to 'gain control'. You need to make sure that you are in control of all situations, and not just giving them what they want because it keeps the peace. or they learn that a tantrum will get them what they want. It gets harder the older they are (picture supernanny and the 3hr+ tantrums!). As crazy as it sounds it starts from this age, but we don't seem to realise it until they hit the 'terrible two's', where it really is terrible!
Good luck!

Emma - posted on 06/06/2011

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just read the rest off the post mckenzie does it even more if he hasnt had all off his bottle food or had his morning/ afternoon nap ur baby is not the only one i wudnt worrie im sure ur doing a gr8 job keep up the gd wrk x x

Emma - posted on 06/06/2011

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hi holli my baby is 7months on the 14th june and he does the same its normally wen he is really tired.. he does the same pinching srechtin me. xx

Annette - posted on 05/28/2011

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My 7 month old does the same thing. He did it the other day when his sister took a toy out of his hand. I guess it could be teething pain or some other pain but I believe that he just gets upset sometimes and that is the only way he can communicate just how upset he is.

Pamela - posted on 05/28/2011

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My daughter only does this when she is over tired. Do everything you can to get your child to sleep, and you might see an improvement. Talk to your doctor about things you could do to alleviate teething pain so your boy can get to sleep. Hope things improve soon...

Hilda - posted on 05/28/2011

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Perhaps it's gastroesophageal reflux diseas (GERD). It's mighty uncomfortable for baby and they often arch their back. I would take the baby to the pediatrician; just have the conversation, describing the behavior, and your doctor may be able to help.

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Don't worry Holli...my little girl is 5 months too and does this on a daily basis. I put it down to teeth and tummy pains. As the other ladies have suggested, just try and soothe your bubba the best way you can.

Ann - posted on 05/27/2011

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Usually a child will start the tantrums about 15-16 mths age, its their way of letting off steam. They get frustrated when they think they should be able to do things but they are actually too young to do it.

Cbadasci - posted on 05/27/2011

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When children of any age are acting difficult -- they are in some kind of pain. Babies are new to this whole digestion thing, teething, life and it can be VERY painful. Just try to comfort him and reassure him that you are the strong, calm, loving pillar in his life.

Holli - posted on 05/27/2011

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That actually explains a lot. He is teething age and I do have days where he refuses to nap and will fight sleep. And that's usually when these fits happen.

Holli - posted on 05/27/2011

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Oh, also he's usually a very happy baby. This just started happening within the last couple weeks.

Holli - posted on 05/27/2011

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Maybe I should clarify. It's when he gets upset about anything. And I've tried everything I can think of to help him. I just wondered if this was normal and needed advice not someone to lash out. But I'm new at this so maybe next time I'll try and explain more about the issue.

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