Fussiness and crankiness are definitely not traits reserved for babies. There are many reasons why a toddler may be fussy, and as many toddlers are not yet verbal, it can be difficult to figure out the cause.
The causes of fussiness in toddlers can range from minor physical ailments to more serious medical conditions, changes in routine, or even temperament traits. If your toddler is normally content and happy and is suddenly fussy, it’s important you first check with your doctor, particularly if any physical symptoms are present.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it may give you a place to start in figuring out why your toddler is fussy.
Was your toddler colicky, fussy or high need as a baby? If you feel your toddler is often fussy, grumpy, or ‘difficult’, he may be what is described as spirited. While having a spirited toddler can be a lot of work, and can be tiring and draining for parents, it can also be a lot of fun.
Early tantrums – The so-called terrible two’s may begin early for the spirited toddler. Whereas another toddler may not begin tantruming until 2 years old, a spirited toddler may begin much earlier, as early as 12 to 18 months.
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