Should my 14 mo have such a bad temper?

Brittney - posted on 08/27/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My LO is 14 mo today but has had some alarming behaviors since he was about 3-4 mo old. He stopped letting me rock him to sleep and cuddle him and also developed a VERY bad temper. He started banging his head on the ground when he was old enough to be mobile.He started biting everyone if they did something he doesn't like. Also, he smacks me or anyone else and digs his nails into the skin. Lastly, he DOES NOT like to be touched. For instance, he doesn't walk yet so naturally I or someone else will try to hold his hands to help him walk and he immediately gets mad and throws his hands and sits down. I know it is not one of those I want want to be independent things because he doesn't like to be touched AT ALL. He is on track developmentally except for his physical milestones. He has never been "late" on them but always at the very end of the spectrum. Also, this may not be related but he has been extremely stiff since he was born and still is. I just worry about autism because I am a teacher and a mom! Everyone blows me off and I may be over reacting but I have never seen. Baby so young with such a bad temper!?

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Chet - posted on 09/09/2014

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I think the temper would be concerning if he was always angry. If he is able to be happy and friendly too, I would be much less concerned.

Some babies are not cuddly. Our oldest wasn't a cuddly baby, although I would describe her as an extremely sensitive and kind-hearted child. Our second daughter has a very bad temper, but her moods are just very extremely. She is never happy, sad or annoyed... she is euphoric, broken hearted, or raging. She has a temper, but a huge sense of fun as well. And interestingly, she did not have a temper as a baby.

It's fair to keep an eye on this. At this age, that's all you can do. If he doesn't like being touched, respect that. Let him learn to walk the way he wants to learn. Keep in mind though that he's only a baby. He still has a lot of growing and maturing to do.

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