Four year old and behavior problems?

Yvonne - posted on 11/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son just turned four the end of October. Since he was about three he has thrown horrible tantrums that result in hitting and screaming and crying when he doesn't get his way or attention. It has gotten worse since I have been home with him over the past year. His behavior also includes blurting out inappropriate things to strangers (such as "I hate you grandpa" and "that baby is so stupid!". It is quite embarrassing, but I do let him know that his words are hurtful and not appropriate. He is in a preschool program and I haven't had any problems so far. I am mainly concerned about his hyperactivity, pdd outbursts, tantrums with "violent" attacks on myself (hitting, kicking, clawing, etc.), and immature eating habits (he doesn't use his utensils during meals well or often preferring to use his hands! It's not like we do not help him or correct his behavior and it does help to stay calm and redirect his attention during outbursts and tantrums. I spoke with my ped at his wellness visit and she gave me a psychiatric contact number, but I'm going to talk to his teacher at a parent/teacher meeting soon and see what she says about his behavior while he is away from me. I'm at a loss and hate to think that something might be wrong, but want to help him early on if there is. Any feedback or suggestions would be helpful. Thank you:)


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Christy - posted on 11/22/2011




I would suggest getting an opinion from the psychiatrist, make sure he/she specializes in kids. Just to be safe.

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