What are tantrums?


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A tantrum is an unintentional and uncontrolled expression of anger. Typically, small children and toddlers have tantrums when they are not getting what they want.

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What are tantrums?
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During a tantrum, a child may cry or whine. Sometimes, children hold their breaths or scream while having a tantrum. According to WebMD, temper tantrums last as short as 30 seconds or as long as two minutes. In most cases, the tantrum is most intense at the beginning. Children between the ages of 1 and 4 are likely to have temper tantrums, but adults can display tantrum behavior as well. When a child is tired, hungry or stressed, the likelihood of temper tantrums increases.

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