Random Screaming

Leslie - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old has started a new "trick" Screaming for no reason. Not a bad scream or good scream, just loudly screaming..... I tried to quietly tell her not to yell, but that is not working. Any ideas? Should I just ignore it? Help please.

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Brenda - posted on 02/11/2010

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I would just ignore it. My dd would let out a really high pitched scream for no reason when she was younger and then, after growning out of it, started doing it again at one year old. At home we just ignored it and in public we would politly tell her to be quiet and try to distract her. She only did it a couple of times before stopping all together.

Wenbi - posted on 02/10/2010

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I also read in a book that if you praise them while they are quietly playing by themselves, it might work. The idea was that they get positive attention for doing what you want them to, versus you giving them attention when they are screaming. But don't take it from me, as my 13 month old is currently screaming as I type. (sigh)

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Ignoring your child is the best option if you know they are not hungry, have a dirty diaper, hurt, ect. My 12 month old son has been throwing tantrums for about a month or longer now. I have found that if I ignore him, literally by turning my back to him and not making eye contact, he will stop. I know it can be hard to ignore it when you're out in public, but if shhhing them or telling them quietly to be quiet isn't working, ignoring them might work.

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Amy - posted on 02/11/2010

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ugh. i completely understand what ur going through. my daughter has been doing this for several months now. it wasn't too bad in the beginning b/c she was small, but now that she is stronger and can scream louder, whew, that girl has lungs. she now uses the screaming to get what she wants. she has become lazy w/ learning words and just screams b/c she knows that a person can only take so much. i'm looking for answers too.

Dawn - posted on 02/09/2010

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If you figure it out, please let me know, My daughter thinks that is the coolest trick she knows. it is gonna get your attention and they know it.

Natalie - posted on 02/09/2010

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One of my 1 year old twins started doing the same loud screams. As long as she isn't hungry, needs a diaper change, etc. just ignore it. She is trying to get your attention and by not reacting to it she will eventually stop as mine did.

Jessica - posted on 02/09/2010

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just ignore it unless it becomes a big problem. most likely she is trying to get a reaction out of you

Ali - posted on 02/08/2010

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Hi Leslie,

Like you my 13 month old is screaming and squeeling for no reason. Today when grocery shopping he chose his moment at the checkout which was filled with onlookers!

My daycare mum suggested initially saying "No" and then ignore him so that he realises it is not acceptable and that he does not get attention from it. That seems to work when we are at home but embarrassing when in public.

I will follow your posts carefully as I am also wanting ideas and help :)

Fellow embarrassed (and slightly traumatised) mum,
Alison

Sharleen - posted on 02/08/2010

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just ignore my son used to do random screams high pitched squeels and he didnt stop till he was three and nothing i did could stop him now my baby girl has started so if you find any tricks to stop it please LET ME KNOW lol

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