My son just learned how to scream... Can I get this under control? Help

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Danielle - posted on 04/19/2010

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All children go through this phase hun and the best thing to do is completely ignore the scream, the fact he gets a reaction out of you encourages him to do it more...
It could take anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks but if he doesnt get your attention by screaming he will get bored and give up, this can be very hard to do but ignore the bad and when he stops screaming and acts a little more "normal" then respond to him, he will get the idea!!!
I was at my wits end with my son and i got this advice off a best behaviour site... Good luck, xx

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Amanda - posted on 04/18/2010

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yeah my daughter is 10 months and she just now figured out how to scream and omg it drives me crazy lol i have no idea what to tell you to do except i have tried just giving her a toy or a cookie and that stopped it for a little bit so maybe you could try that.

Laurie - posted on 04/18/2010

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For a seven and a half month old - not much unfortunately. Distraction is probably your best bet. Change the setting, toys etc and get him interested in something other than trying out his new found vocal chords.

Cindy - posted on 04/18/2010

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One thing I do that seems to work sometimes is I'll go up to his ear and say "Shhhhh" to him, or I will stay where I'm at and hold my finger point at hima dn say "Shhhhh" somewhat loud. That works for Logan sometimes, he is 9 months old



I saw your other post about it and you said your son is 7 and a half months old, really at that age trying to get him to either stop screaming or scream less right when he's figured out how to do it will be nearly impossible to stop or lessen.



I do wish you the best of luck though and hope you have some success in it. :)

Reynelle - posted on 04/18/2010

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Oh my... the memories....

The only thing that worked for my little one was "whispering". When she would exercise her vocals, I'd start singing and this worked... momentarily, then I'd offer a bit of fruit... hoping that eating would at least keep her quiet... again only a short fix. Then one day I got close to her ear and whispered, well thank goodness babies are rather nosy, because she actually got quiet enough to hear me and must have thought it was a wonderful game because she started to whisper too. I hope and pray that this works for you as well, but just in case it doesn't, stock up on aspirin and know that "this too shall pass". :-)

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