High pitched screams of one year old

Patti - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My grand daughter screams a short very high pitched blood curdling scream many times during the course of the day. She is an only child and gets a lot of attention. She has a very good mother and father. She does it because she knows it gets her attention. It is painful to the ears. I am grandmother and I feel like it will cause hearing loss. She does it even when being held, during diaper changes, or just because she wants attention. I am looking for ideas to curb this behavior in a 13 month old. Mom asked the Dr. but he had no help for her. Thanks in advance.

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Patti - posted on 04/25/2010

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Interesting, that is definitely something to have checked out. We will follow up on that.

Veronica - posted on 04/25/2010

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I agree with everyone else- ignore her, and try using time out (if she won't stay in the corner, try an empty pack-and-play.).

On the other hand, high-pitched screams are a major red flag for hearing loss. Is it possible that she has mild hearing loss that is undiagnosed? Ask your doctor.

Patti - posted on 04/25/2010

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I have 3 kids, and she is my 3rd grandchild but she is the first one who has ever screamed in this manner. It is not the normal scream. I have never heard this type of screaming before in other babies. She has been doing it for a few months now.

Thank you for all your help. I am turning my back to her or setting her down when she does it now and it seems to be helping. I appreciate all your responses and encouragement. Her parents are away on vacation for a week and I was happy to find this board.

Amy - posted on 04/24/2010

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It's definitely a phase that all kids go through as they realize the different uses of their vocal chords, it has nothing to do with being an only child! It's not going to cause hearing losses, the more attention she gets the more she's going to do it so you'll just have to learn to ignore it. In a week or two she will have moved onto something else, in the mean time grab a bottle of aspirin!

Joanna - posted on 04/23/2010

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She's learning how to use her newfound voice to gain attention, and as you've stated it's getting her attention. Just completely ignore it like Amy suggested and she will stop eventually. I think all kids go through this high pitch scream phase, it just depends on how you handle it.

Iridescent - posted on 04/23/2010

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Ignore it. Stop giving it the attention she wants. If you're holding her, put her down and refuse to pick her up until you can explain to her that screaming will not be tolerated. If she does it again, put her down, tell her it's not allowed to scream, and refuse to pick her up again for a short time (few minutes). It takes time and consistency.

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