Toddler Tantrum – Trigger Factors

Giving birth and watching your baby grow over time to become a toddler can be very fulfilling. It, therefore, becomes a serious concern when you notice that your toddler who has been innocent and well behaved all along is starting to exhibit tantrums. He/she starts being stubborn, cries for no apparent reason, always becomes angry or develops defiant tendencies.

A tantrum is a very common emotional problem associated with toddlers. It is a behavior that otherwise wears off as your toddler grows. Although is generally acceptable that a toddler or child can exhibit tantrums, it is important to note that it can just be a sign of anti-social behavior in the future when your child grows to become an adult. It is, therefore, only appropriate that you investigate a cause of the behavior in your toddler with the aim of addressing it in good time.

Tantrums are usually a sign of frustration and/or anger and there are various trigger factors associated with the behavior. Knowing about the factors should help you help your toddler overcome the behavior.

Change in Daily Schedule

This is often the major trigger of tantrums in toddlers. Toddlers generally get used to a routine. They are accustomed to when they nap, when they feed and when they play. A change in this routine interferes with an infant’s custom and he/he is bound to react and the only way he/she can do that is by either crying or becoming defiant. It is important that you introduce any changes on a gradual basis until your baby gets used to the same.


Fatigue is the other cause of tantrums in toddlers. Subjecting your toddler to strenuous activities or traveling a long distance with your toddler can be very overwhelming. Similarly, waking up your toddler from a nap or sleep is equally overwhelming. He/she is bound to react, which he/she can do in different ways. You can easily avoid this by ensuring that your toddler remains comfortable in the course of travel or letting him/her sleep to wake up on is/her own.


Your toddler no doubt has a small tummy and does not eat much at every feeding session. Furthermore, his/her metabolism rate remains high. This means that he/she is bound to become hungry after a short time, something you are most likely to ignore, leading to tantrums.


Toddlers generally become frustrated when their needs are not met or when they fail to achieve something during play. It is out of such frustrations that tantrums stem from. It is always important that you try to find out what it is that troubles your toddler with the aim of providing the necessary help or meeting his/her need.

Just like with adults, toddlers, too are prone to tantrums. However, such should only be on certain occasions and times. The best you can do to is to provide the necessary help and assistance to help your toddler overcome the behavior.

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