Non-stop screaming 16 month old.

Mechelle - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Why does my 16 month throw a screaming tatrum out of the blue all day?This has been going on for months now and I don't think it's just a teething thing,is it?


Heidi - posted on 09/22/2009




Could definitely just be that you child is trying to tell you something and just hasn't learned how (that would make me scream for sure!). I usually try to elicit some kind of conversation from my daughter if she is screaming/ fussy/ whining about something and I'm not sure what she needs. I'll ask her what the matter is (very calmly) and begin a mix of pointing to things she might be trying to ask for, or questioning about what she wants using very simple language (you want a sippy? you need a hug? you want to go night night? etc). For my daughter, Tylenol worked the best for teething, she also loved those vibrating teethers (the star-shaped one is the best). If it doesn't seem like teething, and you can't seem to get responses from your baby and the questioning doesn't help, you might just try some simple distraction. Say "oooh! look at the (insert favorite toy here)" like its the best thing you've ever seen in your life, then point to it, smile, and then guide your child over to the toy and begin playing with them with the toy for at least a minute or two. Once they are engaged in play, you can try to go back to whatever you needed to do around the house or whatever and hopefully they will keep playing calmly. Also, if favorite toys don't work well for distractions, try random new things. My daughter loves the most ridiculous stuff sometimes, receipts, envelopes, wooden spoons, slippers, basically anything she hasn't played with before, no matter if it was meant to be a toy for her or not! :) Hope this helps a little!

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Cindy - posted on 09/22/2009




most proberly is frustration...this is the age that they start to develope their emotions..and if they can speak yet..screaming is the next best thing!! My 2nd also 16 mths is getting the very painful eye teeth..and since that teething has starting..i can hear her screaming all day sometimes :( i hope it gets better for you..i definately feel for you!! x

Amy - posted on 09/18/2009




Did it just start? Mine screamed alot when his teeth came in. And I thought they would never come in. He would cry all night. And know he has cute the first front teeth he sleeps all night. Hope I was some help.

Shelsea - posted on 09/18/2009




my 17 month old son does the same thing!! (relieved im not alone) my has been teething pretty rough and from having daycare experience before my son, little ones have a limited vocabulary so they get fustrated very easily because they know what they want but cant express it to you. i just try not to acknowledge him if its out of the blue for nothing but if it seems he wants something i do my best to try and figure it out. good luck!!

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