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I am sorry your toddler is doing these things it is unsettling to watch. Look, there are probably a million reasons why your baby could be acting this way and can range from normal toddler behavior for some high strung high tempered kids to disabilities such as autism. The only thing I can tell you is my son who is now 19 months old, went through this around 15 months. He had always been an easy going kid and suddenly began doing the exact same things you mention. It scared me so much, some days he would just sob and it seemed he was getting so frustrated so easily. I am happy to report he is just fine now and it stopped as suddenly as it began about 6-8 weeks later.
I was going crazy trying to find out the cause. I didn't feel like he was autistic or has any developmental delay and I also didn't feel like this is just normal toddler stuff in our case so I began playing detective.

First, I recognized that he had just had his MMR vaccination about a week or two earlier and I was thinking maybe he was having some sort of reaction to that. I began to look at his diet and noticed he was having more sugar than he should. I began diluting his juice to like 80% water. I spent time observing to see when he was acting like this the most and it seemed like no apparant pattern at first, but then I started thinking maybe he was hungry. HE never ate very well at breakfast but ate good for lunch an dinner and seemed to do particularly bad in the mornings. I began introducing more protien and fat into his diet such as eggs, cheese, cold cuts, cutting up ham or chicken into his macaroni etc and cut out as much sugar as possible. I remember as a baby he used to get very hungry very quickly and would scream like crazy until I fed him. So I started thinking maybe it is a blood sugar thing, since he was in NICU for 5 days with low blood sugar at birth. So now I am very careful to keep him on a eating schedule and always make sure he is eating protein and fat with every meal, it seems to satisfy him longer. I don't know if it was something I did or not, but suddenly one day he stopped and hasn't been doing anything like that since. Maybe it was a phase. I think it was a combo of things and I still feel strongly that it was and diet related.

My advice is to be a detective, if you feel this is not normal for your child then watch when the behavior starts, take notes each time and try and see a pattern. I hope this reply helped. For me I jsut couldn't accept that oh this is just my baby being a toddler, when I felt like he was truly struggling unhappy or in pain in some way. Also, right after the phase ended he suddenly began getting taller! When I compare the pics of him in december and now I can't believe how much taller he got! He now can open doors with the knob! So maybe he was going through a growth spurt and needed his diet changed and upgraded. Good luck and let us know how it goes

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