How do I handle 10 month old constantly screaming?

User - posted on 08/06/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 10-month-old baby boy is constantly screaming in anger/frustration. He was colicky until 5 months, but that crying suddenly vanished. Now, he screams constantly as if he's angry or frustrated. This happens despite him being at an appropriate temperature, in comfortable clothing or none if it's hot, being clean with a fresh diaper, having had food and having had milk. He will not take to playing by himself, playing with me, playing with toys, or even watching children's shows we've downloaded for him. I have come to discover that his frustration only dissipates when he is faced with a new situation. New place, new toy, new people. Only if he has never seen the person or thing before or it hasn't been for a very long time. The novelty wears off within 10 to 30 minutes and he is back to screaming. I am a stay-at-home mom so he is never left alone here. My mother takes him overnight once a week and I find myself looking forward to it, and that makes me feel like a bad mom. But I can't get a break. I don't have enough money to go somewhere new everyday or buy a new toy everyday. I wouldn't care if he was just demanding my attention, I would give it to him constantly. But it isn't enough for him for me to play with him; he needs a new situation EVERY half hour to stay content. I do take him out of the house everyday, but it is the same situation. He is content for the first half hour at a new place, then it's back to the screaming. HELP!

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User - posted on 08/06/2012

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Thank you for the suggested reading! I actually did have that theory a few months back, mostly because of how he was acting. My boyfriend and I are both of above-average IQ (definitely not ingenious or anything, don't get me wrong) so that, combined with breastfeeding (which is said to increase IQ) made it seem probable. I also remember having similar feelings as a small child. I mentioned it to my family and the doctors and they laughed and I was told that every parent goes through a phase where they think their child is more special, yada yada. Don't get me wrong, a gifted child definitely has its good points, but I'm not someone who is going to put emphasis on that and I am definitely not LOOKING for that. I simply want a solution to his frustration. As long as my child is reaching milestones and is of average intellect, that's perfect to me. I checked out those links and did some google searching, but I can't really find a solution. I want him to be happy, not always bored and under-stimulated. =(

User - posted on 08/06/2012

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Absolutely. He has been to the public health nurse, the doctor, and even the pediatrician and dietician, and they say he's doing fabulous and perfectly healthy.

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