My daughter screams at me for no reason!

Rayna - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 12 month old daughter has recently started screaming (like I just gave her a shot). When I change her diaper or if she doesn't get what she is reaching for she'll whine and it escalates VERY quickly to that scream. She's teething so maybe that's what it is? She's usually SO quiet.

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Melissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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My Son does that when he wants his bottle.And he used to do when I changed his nappy and bathed him.But doesn't do it when I change him now, but still does sometimes in the bath. You would think somebody was attacking him lol think it's when they are frustrated & tired. Sometimes he gets himself in such a state, that even when i put the bottle in his mouth he doesn't realise and is still screaming. He screams aswell when he is very tired, and tries to fight to stay awake..Just hug her, talk to her and calm her. It could well be her teething and she is all irritable and out of sorts.

Chrissy - posted on 06/11/2009

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Mine does the same thing!!!! She hates having her diaper changed, and if she doesn't get what she wants she screams like someone is hurting her! I was also thinking it might be teething, she's working on her second tooth. She's found her voice, and is trying to tell me what she wants (or in the case of the diaper, what she doesn't want). I just keep doing what I'm doing, and am not giving in to the screams - I don't want it to become the only way she communicates! I do keep giving her teethers and such, in case that's it, but she won't use them, so I'm second guessing the teething thing. Could it be the age?

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Rayna - posted on 06/12/2009

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Thank you all for your helpful, nice AND funny suggestions! I'll try most of what you have suggested.

Kym - posted on 06/11/2009

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screaming is her way of communicating to you and letting you know she is not happy with changing so make is a more pleasant experience by offering a special toy or something she can have ONLY when changing (something she really likes) with the screaming when not getting her own way this is very typical for her age as she is trying to figure out her boundries. Don't give into her say no explain why you said no and offer something she can have and then guide her away. A bad habit can be broken in children in 4 weeks as long as you are consistant an follow through. hope this helps

Jenni - posted on 06/11/2009

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my 11 month old son is a screamer too... if im in the kitchen and he wants me he shrieks at me... i try not to come to him when he does it and just talk to him about something to distract him... he hates diaper changes too so i always have something interesting for him to play with while im doing it... something he normally isn't allowed to play with like the tv remote, or my hair brush... just remember distraction is the key to almost everything!

Do'Che - posted on 06/11/2009

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my 1 and 2 yr old both sound like they are talking back to me even when im not telling than to stop, its cute the first few times but as they get use to it it gets annoying

Laura - posted on 06/11/2009

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My 17 month old daughter just started that a couple months ago, and she does know how to say what she wants which makes me irritated about it. There are times when I threaten to give her a timeout and she stops, there are times when all I need to do is look at her and she stops, and there are times when I ask if she has a reason to cry if she says no and stops we talk. If I ask her the same question and she yes she will usually stop and talk. But then there are times when I ask her if she wants a reason to cry and if she says no and stops then we talk, or if she says no and keeps doing it then I give her a little tap in the mouth. I started doing those punishments when she first started. It usually depends on the day. There are days when nothing works, mainly when it's really warm or cold outside. The worst is when she doesn't sleep at night.

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