Hi, my 18 month old daughter has started screaming. She screams at anyone who tries to discipline her, she screams if you try and take something away from her, she screams if she wants something. She also screams for the sake of screaming, if she`s excited she screams if we are in the shops she screams, it`s like she likes the sound of her own voice!! She is not talking yet but knows exactly what we are saying and is a very clever little girl. Is it frustration because she can`t talk yet? Please help!!
Angie - posted on 04/09/2012
We are having the same problem. When she screams, I whisper back to her or turn my back to her and ignore her. When the screaming has stopped I whisper to her and try a game of some kind. Like where are your eyes...or where is your baby...let's find her? (redirection) I think it is pure frustration at first, why they scream, then they see a reaction.....bad or good, they think HEY i can make this sound and I get this from mom or dad. You might want to try sign language too. I found my daughter screams if she is hungry, or thirsty or wants something. I started about 7 months ago and she is just now signing some of them, instead of grunting loud or screaming. SHe still screams in stores and other places, but I am banking that by me ignoring her scream will pay off. It takes a while for a child to stop thought. Give it 3 weeks of ignoring the scream. If you are in a store or other place where people are...do what I do. Leave. Go back when she is rested or has a snack to eat while you shop or eat out. Hope this helps.
Casey - posted on 12/11/2008
hey my daughter is turning 2 in feb and has just slowed down on the screaming thing dont stress once your daughter has established talking she will be less inclined to scream, scream back at her and watch her reaction its quite funny lol :)
Tina - posted on 12/11/2008
Actually this behavior is normal. She is discovering new things about herself and how you react everyday. She is probably responding to how you react, Like when she first started it was new, then she noticed your reaction and kept doing it. She is definately not trying to irritate you or anyone else. she don't know what that means yet. And she may grow out of it and stop or she may not. The key here is to not make her feel like it is bad what she is doing, Keep an ear open if it continues for along time then you will need to correct it. Now on how to correct it, don't react to it, when she see's that your not reacting she will eventually stop. If that don't work, well I don't know what else you could do.
I have 3 children of my own and they are older now and I had the binky issue with 2 of them and I just had to be persistent in stopping them from using it.
I hope this is a help to you, and if you have anymore questions I will be honored to help you out.
Jodie Maree - posted on 12/11/2008
Hey there, I have been going through that with my 2 yr old..... it had gone on for months! sorry to say - i found it was an attention thing - and bordom..... My advice - do ur best to work with it, and keep them amused as much as possible... Jodie.
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