My baby is screaming for no reason!

Amber - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Help! My baby is screaming for no reason, how can I get her to stop?

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Ellen - posted on 12/19/2012

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My baby is 1half year now and he's sream so much and badly I dont know what is the problem every day how I may stop that.

Rashana - posted on 10/01/2009

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I'm so pleased to see i'm not the only one with a baby screaming for no reason! My daughter is 18 months and has been a screamer from the start. She is alot better now, but now seems to wake up screaming of a night and we don't know why. She has not been eating well either since about 10 months. I don't let her eat any 'junk' food but will be checking that more closely now. I think she might wake up in the night because she is hungry.

Jacqueline - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hi Amber. I curious to know if your baby is advancing normally. I'm asking this because I had a similar experience with my youngest child. Nothing I did would make her happy, not even holding her. She was eventually diagnosed with Autism. One of her biggest hurdles was expressing her needs. It got better after I learned how to understand her language instead of her trying to understand mine. I hope this can help your baby screaming for no reason.

Jane - posted on 09/30/2009

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My baby screams for no reason too. He is tootally normal and sometimes he does it for attention - but sometimes he just screams. He has a wee girl friend the same age who screams as well. It was bad for around a week, now we just get the screaming occasionally. I think it is a stage - and it will go away. We just ignored it - and now hardly ever hear a scream.

Toni - posted on 09/30/2009

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Well, I'm sure you've heard this before but "usually" babies cry for a reason. If it's not the usual reasons (sleepy, hungry, diaper, pain, teething, tummy trouble, or just tantrum) then it deserves further research. My second child did a LOT of crying & I found that she only wanted me to hold her & that had to be done while walking&bouncing throughout the house (she never let me just sit with her). It was only later that I found that she had asthma (but I have to say....much later/like when she was around 5yrs old). Now, I'm not saying that this is the reason that your baby is screaming, but it's good to know that there usually is a reason. You have to play detective & really assess the situation when she's screaming. I also found that when she was a baby the chiropractor was helpful. Believe it or not, this CAN help, especially if she is experiencing some discomfort that you just can't figure out.

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Karen - posted on 10/02/2009

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If your baby is screaming for no reason she may need immediate medical tests. Keep written notes of time, what has happen daily, foods eaten, clothing, etc.. ( baby may need allergies test); what foods the baby likes, weather, people associated when screaming. Remember, this is a detective history, so a written record is most important. Other ideas you will come up with, helps too. It should be at least several weeks history. The more information you can supply to your Doctor the better.

Also include what the child likes ... toys, emotional, home pet, etc.

Kline - posted on 09/30/2009

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u should always expose ur baby in a happy environment for him not to be screamed all the time, having a friend w/ some neighbors will lessen his fears w/ anyone.

Jackie - posted on 09/30/2009

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When your baby is screaming for no reason try giving her a soothing bath. A lot of the time they need a different inviornment. Taking them for a drive puts most kids asleep. Hope one of these works for you

Pamela - posted on 09/30/2009

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So many reason why your baby is screaming...as posted above. But if you know she is not wet, tired or hungry just give her some attention. Comfort her by holding her in your arms, like on your lap and talk or sing to her. Giving your baby attention is not the same as "spoiling" her. We all need attention and there is nothing wrong with giving them some. We are all so busy with life that we sometimes forget to hold our babies (no matter what age) in our arms and show them love.

Susan - posted on 09/30/2009

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I would love to know why you baby is screaming for no reason, because my daughter is 7 months and she also screams for no reason?

Amber - posted on 09/30/2009

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thanks I think thats what it is frustration, she is starting to crawl and gets mad when she cant get to where shes going fast enough.

Melanee - posted on 09/30/2009

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How old is your baby? There is a reason they are screaming. They are in pain for some reason. Could be gas? Or something sticking them?

Amy - posted on 09/30/2009

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Though I am not discounting any of the replies so far, as they all have potential, the biggest issues I had with my kids when they were that age and screaming for apparently no reason had to do with frustration. My younger two were very big babies, and it took them a lot longer than my oldest to figure out how to get to where they wanted to go, or do what they wanted to do simply because they were bigger. Trying to figure out why is definitely a big step in the right direction.

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Do you have an IPod? Put some soft, soothing music on it and put the earphones to your baby's ears. Baby will love it! And talk or sing to baby. Mom's voice is baby's closest comfort. I agree with one of the other posts that you need to involve your babies and children in whatever you're doing. They need constant stimuli! I'm sure you've done all the obvious things like check diaper, check feeding & sleep schedule, etc. Sometimes babies scream because they're just finding their voices. Babies just need lots of attention. If they're screaming because they're tired, the soft music in their ears will help distract them into sleep. Rub tummy or back gently.Never let baby scream and cry in the crib for very long. If your pediatrician tells you that baby is developing normally, but baby still spends a lot of time screaming, feel free to talk things over with your doctor or nurse practitioner. They might suggest alternative foods, alternative schedule for sleep or play, etc. It's unsettling but most new parents go thru stuff like this. You'll get through it!

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Babies don't scream for no reason- they are trying to communicate. The trouble is, it could be they are too hot or cold, clothes are uncomfortable, too tired, over-stimulated, hungry, tummy hurts, wet, bored... the list goes on and on.

Fran - posted on 09/30/2009

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first of all talk to your doctor. because if there is an issue they may have a better idea of what is bothering her. is she screaming because she is sensitive to sounds? and does she laugh after she screams? or is it a pain related thing. if its for attention then i would play with her. or involve her in what you are doing. like if you are folding laundry then give her a towel to play with or a wooden spoon to hold when you are cooking...good luck.

Natarsha - posted on 09/30/2009

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Quoting Alida:

We are going to need a little more information here. Is she screaming in a way that denotes pain or discomfort? Is she screaming for joy? For attention? When does this happen? Is it completely random? How often does is happen during the day? Help us out here.


 

Stacey - posted on 09/29/2009

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Hi Amber, is her screaming different to her "normal" crying? Commercial baby food does have additives in it too, they just trick us by naming the additives instead of using the numbers that more mums are becoming aware of. It does sound like my eldest girl & we went through YEARS of it without help, look closely at her diet, keep track of what she eats & how she is in the next 2 days after, if you are breastfeeding look at your diet too. My girl is now 6 & has almost grown out of what we think was a chemical
reaction in her brain to the additives in foods, the worst being red colours & preservatives. If you think this may help & you want more info let me know.

Amber - posted on 09/29/2009

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She is eight months old. She is not screaming in pain and she eats baby foo. not anyhting that would upset her stomach. Sometimes I thing she just does it to hear herself, but im thinking thats not the case. she has been doing this for quit some time. if it is for attention how do I get her to stop?

Stacey - posted on 09/29/2009

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How old is your baby? Is she/he eating solids? Breast. Fed or formula? My girls both have/had trouble with food additives & they would scream for no reason, my eldest fir ip to 3 hours, we had 3 years of night terrors & screaming before we found out it was food additives & I sought help from many differrent sources but sorted it out ourselves in the end. If my youngest 14 months has food with "flavours" in it she is very very ratty & has whopper tantrums, even if I have stuff she gets it through my milk. Any questions please contact me, I can't even begin to tell you the differnce in my girls without the additives.

Sylvia - posted on 09/29/2009

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I agree with the previous person -- no way anyone can answer your question without more information! Under what circumstances does this happen? How old is the baby? Is this new, or has s/he been doing it for a long time? If it's new, has anything else changed recently?

That being said, though, I don't think babies ever scream for no reason; their reasons just sometimes aren't reasons that make sense to their parents ;)

Alida - posted on 09/29/2009

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We are going to need a little more information here. Is she screaming in a way that denotes pain or discomfort? Is she screaming for joy? For attention? When does this happen? Is it completely random? How often does is happen during the day? Help us out here.

Karen - posted on 10/02/2009

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If your baby is screaming for no reason she may need immediate medical tests. Keep written notes of time, what has happen daily, foods eaten, clothing, etc.. ( baby may need allergies test); what foods the baby likes, weather, people associated when screaming. Remember, this is a detective history, so a written record is most important. Other ideas you will come up with, helps too. It should be at least several weeks history. The more information you can supply to your Doctor the better.

Also include what the child likes ... toys, emotional, home pet, etc.

Jackie - posted on 09/30/2009

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When your baby is screaming for no reason try giving her a soothing bath. A lot of the time they need a different inviornment. Taking them for a drive puts most kids asleep. Hope one of these works for you

Susan - posted on 09/30/2009

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I would love to know why you baby is screaming for no reason, because my daughter is 7 months and she also screams for no reason?

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