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Christina - posted on 10/01/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




My 17 month old son has a bad habit of suddenly screaming for no apparent reason. He's been doing this for almost a year now. He will be playing along quietly & then suddenly scream at the top of his lungs at such a high pitch, it literally hurts my ears. He's devenopmentally normal & the doctor thinks he's just spoiled so I thought I would ask some of you moms if you have gone through this & what you found to get them to stop this bad habit. All I've been told by the "old" moms in my life is to pop him on the mouth when he does this but I would never do that & it just makes me cringe. Any suggestions?


Nicole - posted on 10/14/2010




We have the same problem and it hurts my hubby's ears. He's been wearing earplugs just barely in to dampen the pierce. Everytime my boy screams I kind of mimic him except down low. Show him some range of his voice. Ours has become a game! Good Luck!


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Nicki - posted on 10/20/2010




My son tends to do this when he gets over tired and needs his nap or bedtime. Maybe try not letting him get too tired if that may be the case.

Rebecca - posted on 10/20/2010




my 18mth old did this for about 3-4 weeks he just seemed to wake up one morning and started we generally found he was wanting us to help him with something or wanting something as quick as it started it stopped...each time i would respond to him i would talk to him about what he wanted i dont know if this worked but in the end he started trying to talk (baby language) and point which he still sometimes does and now if he wants our attention or help he comes and grabs our hand to follow him or pats our leg to let us know he needs us..nearing the end of it i thought i was going to go insane lol but we got through good luck

Lisa - posted on 10/11/2010




Hi my almost 18 month old girl does it, I have always just put it down to her getting excited and just being vocal. I think she loves the sound and so when she does it I simply ask her not to do it again.. I dont think she has ever done it more than 1 scream at a time. I just thought she was being a child and exploring.. Doctors! talk some right rubbish at times they really do.. lol

Jenny - posted on 10/07/2010




My daughter started this when she discovered her voice had different volumes!! We basically provided an opportunity for her to scream - e.g. when we sing Row row row your boat and get to the verse about the crocodiles. Some people say that it can happen if they have ear infections because they don't realise how loud they are, and the pain of ear blockage can make them scream. Check with your Doctor next time - and I would probably seek another doctor's opinion if your current one says that this is because your son is spoilt! Good luck.

Rachel - posted on 10/01/2010




Mine still does this off and on. We had a month where I couldn't go out in public b/c of the screaming. I started to teach him about inside and outside voices. Our rule is that we can scream on the grass only. Also, see if he is looking to you for attention when he is screaming. Or it could be as simple as he likes to hear himself scream. Hope this helps a little.

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