When to Seek a Pediatrician for Your Child’s Behavior Problems

Overview

There are times when your child acts out or misbehaves. They may throw tantrums or disobey your house rules. But when these behaviors occur constantly and consistently, your child’s actions may suggest a more serious problem. When this happens, you may need to talk to a healthcare professional. 

Talking to your child’s pediatrician does not mean that you did something wrong or that you’re a bad parent. Sometimes, children just need a little extra support or a different type of discipline. Keep a lookout for some of these small-but-significant behavioral issues:

  • Exaggerating the truth. 

It may seem unimportant if your child exaggerates their stories. These exaggerations are not harmful, but they’re not exactly the facts. In rare instances, exaggerations become lies. And then lying becomes an ongoing habit. This might lead to more problems at home and at school. 

  • Not responding to discipline. 

It’s normal for kids to repeat the same mistakes from time to time. They might even observe whether you will follow through with discipline. But it’s not normal for a child to exhibit the same behavior repeatedly if you’re consistently disciplining them. If your child continues to show the same behavior regardless of the consequences, it could be a problem and you might need to talk to your child’s doctor.

  • Difficulty managing emotions.

Children occasionally throw tantrums and you should not worry about this. However, as they age, they should be able to cope with their emotions in a socially appropriate manner. If your child can’t handle their feelings of frustration and anger, they might have an underlying emotional problem that needs to be checked. 

  • Having selective hearing.

Sometimes, it can be annoying when you know your child heard what you said but pretends that they didn’t. It can become a problem because your child starts tuning you out all the time. It’s the child’s way of taking back a little bit of power. If this continues, it could lead to your child becoming defiant. One tip: It’s important that when you talk to them, they look at you and respond affirmatively. 

 

Parents Guide to a Child’s Behavior Problem

Here are some of the things you can do in response to your child’s misbehavior:

  • Don’t give in to your child’s tantrums by giving them what they want.
  • Remain calm when dealing with the situation. By doing this, you’re also modelling for your child the type of behavior you want to see in them.
  • Ignore negative behavior and praise positive behavior. 
  • Use consistent consequences when they disobey your rules. 
  • Wait to talk until the meltdown is over. Don’t try to reason with a child who is upset.

 

How A Healthcare Provider Can Help

Some children experience a disorder that impacts their behavior, learning, or mental health. That’s why it’s important to discuss any issues you see with your child’s doctor as soon as possible. A complete evaluation will help determine if your child has any mental health or behavioral conditions. By diagnosing them early, treatment will then be available. Treating these underlying conditions may lead to great improvements in behavior. 

Always talk with your child’s healthcare provider regarding their behavioral development and issues. Children’s Medical Centers of Fresno provides quality healthcare to children of the Central Valley. Schedule your child’s appointment today!