Annette - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter is 2 and half now and has always been "spirited" (aka-difficult). As a newborn, she would only stop crying if I laid her on my chest and gently bumped her up and down. Everything she does is done carefully. She would not sit up on her own (even though she could) for several months. Someone had to sit behind her and "hold her up". She did not walk or crawl until she was nearly two years old b/c she didn't want to fall. All "talking" toys are thrown across the room as soon as they say a peep and cause screaming. Brushing or washing her hair is a battle filled with screaming and swinging fists. I have to literally hold her down while my husband washes her hair. She has always had stranger anxiety, but she fell into that "phase" and never came out. In the store, having other shoppers in the same aisle is unacceptable. She screams and clings onto me.. Even if the other people aren't talking to her or looking at her. We can no longer even go to the zoo, which used to be her favorite place. She gets excited about going, but once she sees people she doesn't know, she screams and cries and wants to go home. I have talked to her dr, but I am not sure that he is getting the severity of the situation. He wants her to watch videos with live people interacting and playing. She watches too much tv already, in my opinion. He says he is making a referal to someone else. What type of professional this will be he has not told me. I am concerned about my daughter and am worried that just getting her a proper diagnosis will be an uphill battle.