My 2 year old daughter is mostly a happy contented child, eats, sleeps & plays well - no concerns whatsoever in any of those areas. However for the last year when she doesn't get what she wants ie has to get in the car seat, can't have a particular item but mainly when she has to go to bed, she goes ballistic. Crying, screaming & will eventually vomit.
She does this by either wretching and/or actually putting her fingers in her mouth!!! She used to vomit in the cot but has now realised she doesn't like getting sick on herself and will actually lean out of the cot to get sick on the floor! Our reaction has been to ignore it as much as possible by not reacting and just clean up the mess & put her back to bed. She's exhausted herself at this stage so just goes to sleep ... smiling!
But the ignoring & cleaning up calmly doesn't seem to be helping in trying to stop it long term. When we see the tantrums coming on we try to distract her which often works but not with bedtime as what's the solution to that - she has to go to bed, there's only so many times we can do bedtime story!
I would really appreciate some advice on this as it's becoming a big problem.
My sil had a similar problem with her DD last year, she was about 2 1/2, she kept ignoring her, just clean her up with no cuddles even though it was hard to do, she used to do it when she started in the childminders and the childminder would just tell SIL to go and that she'd eventually get the message that she didn't make the rules and she did, never does it now...
I've seen this before with a freinds lo - you konw shes not in pain & while its not pleasant to watch I think you are donig the right thing by just cleaning up & ignoring as much as possible.
Thanks for your replies. We haven't had any vomiing since last week. Fingers crossed!