Each child is unique and different in their own special way, but what happens when your toddler starts taking on bad habits?  Let’s be honest, it is scary when our child gets angry and holds their breath until they pass out, or purposefully pees their pants when they are upset.  The good news is oftentimes this is a phase they go through that they eventually outgrow.  Remember to try not to panick.  Often panicking exasperates the problem.  Below is a list of bad habits and what you can do to stop them!


Bad Habits

Thumb Sucking

Head Banging

Body Rocking

Teeth Grinding

Nail Biting or Picking

Nose Picking

Hair Twirling or Pulling



Breath Holding


Causes / Remedies of Bad Habits

Bad habits could be caused by a number of different reasons and can start as early as nine months old.  Sometimes children form these habits as a way of soothing themselves.  Other times, it could be because they were exposed to a stressful situation or trauma of some kind.  Many of the above-mentioned habits go away on their own or could be part of a phase for a child. The important thing to remember is to not panick.


In fact, there are several things you can do to redirect your child’s bad habits.  For one, you could praise them more for good behaviour.  You can also try to figure out what is making your child stressed and see how you can aptly respond to the situation, or help your child respond to the situation in a healthy manner.  Some parents have noted that ignoring the behaviour (especially those done in an attempt to get attention) ends up stopping the habit altogether.


In summary, try not to worry too much if your child is exhibiting a bad habit.  If it scares you enough, go to your doctor or paediatrician for an intervention!  Praise, positivity and patience are key to getting through this time with your child!


About Little Human Scholars School in PJ

Little Human Scholars is an all-in-one childcare solution.  It is a preschool, playschool, kindergarten, nursery and full day daycare centre (with extended hours) located in the heart of PJ.


In fact, the location is one of the things which makes Little Human Scholars so sought after – it is conveniently nestled near Jalan Gasing, University hospital, PJ Old town, PJ New town, Jaya One, Jaya33, and the PJ IT Mall.


The best part is LHS has premiere services many other schools in PJ don’t offer such as full day daycare with extended hours, CCTV access for parents, and a nifty little phone app called Toddlytic which provides parents with automatic updates on their child’s development, behaviour and health checks.


With full-time guards always present at each of their locations, access to CCTV (which is in every room except the office, bathroom and kitchen areas), and very strict pick-up and drop-off rules, Little Human Scholars treats every child who walks into its hallways as one of their own children!


This place has it all:  location, safety, health, IGSCE curriculum and play-based learning.  What more could you ask for?  Did I mention they also have transportation services and offer meal plans for students?  It doesn’t get any better than that.


If you are interested in a tour of one of our centres (that’s right, there’s more than one), all you need to do is fill out the form here or call +6017-7303-025 and an LHS administrative staff will get back with you shortly!