Why Is My Child Aggressive?

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Aggression in children can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from personalities to medical conditions and psychiatric problems. To deal with your child’s aggression properly, you need to address the underlying problems first. Here are the most common causes of childhood aggression and what you can do to help.

Common causes for aggression in children

Mood disorders
Kids with mood disorders are often aggressive and impulsive. Sometimes, they may become depressed and irritable.

Schizophrenia
Kids with schizophrenia lack trust in other people, sometimes paranoid. Their aggression is often caused by their own fear

Conduct disorder
Aggressive behavior is a part of the disorder. Kids with conduct disorder are totally aware of the consequences of their action but still deliberately do it anyway.

Brain damage or other injuries
Damage to the frontal lobe or epilepsy may come with aggression. Scientists have not been able to explain what triggers the aggressive behavior in these cases, though.

Tips to deal with aggression in children

Act fast
Make sure your child knows their action is intolerable as soon as it happens. If they hurt another kid, you need to take them way from that kid immediately. You can either cool down with them or let them stay in a safe place and calm herself down. Removing them from the situation is a way to let them understand that their aggression will make them miss their play time with other kids.

Keep your cool
It might be tempting to hit your child or to yell at them so that they know how it feels. However, try to refrain yourself. Lashing out on your child will only teach them that it’s ok to be violent. They may even attempt to use aggression as a mean to get your attention next time.

Stick to the rule
Respond to your child’s aggression in a consistent way so they understand how they are supposed to behave. Do not loosen up your rules just because you two are playing or they will assume that they can misbehave during playtime or when people are having fun.

Get your child to take responsibility
If your child spoils another child’s toy or game, ask them to put it back or try to mend it. Make sure they understand that this is not you punishing them but how grownups set things straight after they have made mistakes. It’s also important to teach your child to say sorry and acknowledge the feelings of those they have hurt.


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