Child care

Mood Swings in Children

Mood swings in children occur often with little notice. Children are learning to express and manage their emotions, and mood swings are a normal part of childhood development. It can be concerning to parents if mood swings are dramatic. Mood swings can encompass highs, lows, or physical outbursts such as crying or screaming.

A temper tantrum is a type of mood swing characterized by an emotional outburst. The emotional outburst is a way your child expresses frustration and anger caused by a situation. Tantrums and their causes need to be understood in order to help control and diminish them.

Children experience their surroundings differently than adults and don’t always know how to handle these emotions. Children can be happy, angry or even confused. But when mood swings alternate from mania to depression it becomes a matter of concern. Read this article to better understand your child’s mood swings.

Causes of Mood Swings in Children
The following are a few causes of mood swings in children:

  • Improper diet – Improper diet can be a cause of mood swings in children. Children require adequate nutrition to sustain growth. Poor nutrition can cause temper tantrums and crankiness. Eating a diet high in junk food and sugar can also lead to mood swings. A healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and healthy sources of protein. Making sure your child eats a nutritious meal or snack every two to three hours can help prevent mood swings.
  • Hereditary factors – If you have a history of depression, your child may be at risk.
  • Poor sleeping habits – Lack of quality sleep can also lead to mood swings in your child. Children need 8 – 9 hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep can cause irritability and mood swings.
  • Lack of exercise – The physical health of a child also affects the emotional, mental and psychological health of a child. Lack of exercise can diminish your child’s energy as well as cause obesity. Being overweight or obese can increase fatigue and diminish self esteem.  A low self esteem can cause mood swings and depression.

The above are a few causes of mood swings in children. Ask for a professional’s help to combat this problem. To prevent this condition, you must take steps to understand the passions and interest of your child, and try to find out the reason for your child’s unhappiness and emotional outbursts.

References

http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-sears-preschool-mood-swings

http://www.drjenna.net/childhood-bipolar-disorder-and-mood-disorders

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