Give them water! I've stopped probably over a hundred temper tantrums by just handing the child a glass of water. At first they sometimes push it
away, but then they will drink it, and then a couple of minutes later, good as new!
It should be room temperature or at least not very cold water.
I discovered this in the early '90s when I was just getting into dehydration issues and doing self-experimentation on hydration and dehydration.
Noticing children who were just acting up, yelling, screaming, crying, bullying other children, I thought "Ah, what if they're just dehydrated and are
crying for water?"
Babies especially are very sad, they scream for water at the top of their lungs and their throats are raspy and the noises coming from them give all
the signs of dehydrated throats (hopefully most here knows that cough medicines, etc., don't work, and just numb the throat - numbing the symptom
while ignoring the cause).
So usually when I'm in a store or a mall or someplace, and a child or baby is giving dehydration signals (sometimes at the top of their poor dry
lungs), I'll tell the parents about this. Some listen, and they are the ones who will save hundreds of hours of frustration and unnerving crying and
screaming. Most don't, as they don't want strangers telling them how to raise their child. Maybe the ones who listen are the ones who will be more apt
to do it.
A few years later I contacted a national hydration group, who did their own informal experiments on this in a nursery school, and they claimed it
Writing this is making me thirsty.
The only thing I ask of the parents with children in stores is that if it works to share it with at least one other person who needs the information,
and I'll kindly ask the same of readers here, if you would.
edit on 2-12-2013 by Aleister because: (no reason given)