It happens to every parent at one time or another. You're walking around a department store or standing in the middle of grocery shopping when your toddler has a serious meltdown. They are screaming and flailing their arms as tears and snot run down their face. As all of the other shoppers start to walk and throw you the side-eye, you really, really wish you could teleport home and tend to your tot there. When situations like these arise, it's difficult to know how to tell if it's just a toddler tantrum or if there is a larger problem.
According to Dr. Alan Greene, a pediatrician, author, and founder of the physician site Dr.Greene.com, temper tantrums are a normal part of early childhood. By the time your baby becomes a toddler, they realize that they have choices available to them, and can become angry or frustrated when they feel as though they are powerless over those choices. This can result in a temper tantrum, or what Green calls “emotional storms.” But, sometimes, serious tantrums could mean that there's a problem that needs to be addressed.
Here are some types of temper tantrums that may signify your toddler has a larger issues that requires intervention.