Help, what is wrong with my little girl?

Leslie - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have a 19 month old daughter and recently she started these horrible screaming fits. She acts like she doesn't know who me or my husband are. She will crawl away if you touch her. She will kick and hit and hit her head on the floor. These last about 1 to 2 hours of her screaming so high pitched that she will make herself hoarse. She looks terrified and nothing will calm her down. She usually ends up crying herself to sleep. It happens so randomly, in the morning, afternoon whatever. She has at least 1 or 2 a day. I don't know what to do. Do you think there is something seriously wrong. She will go from laughing one minute to this fit. She has tantrums sometimes when she doesn't get what she wants, but nothing like these. These screaming fits are never when she wants something she can't have. I thought Autism. but she talks great for her age and responds to other people and is very social when when she is not having these screaming fits. PLEASE HELP.

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Lynne - posted on 03/16/2011

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I agree with everyone else that this should be checked out, My immediate thought was since these are recent she could be in pain, where you don't want anyone near you or touching you. In any case, all the guesswork in the world won't answer your question. However, if you have access to a video camera, since she won't let you help her in any way, I would video one of the attacks to take to the doctor, so he or she can see for him/herself what is going on. In my experience, a parent showing up with a normal healthy looking baby isn't always given the doctor's belief or full attention, and you want to make sure the doctor sees what you are talking about. Good luck.

Taryn - posted on 03/15/2011

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Lets hope it is a bad phase shes going through. Talk to your doctor, film it if you can and show him so he can see for himself, it might be a form of autism or something.

Brandy - posted on 03/09/2011

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Taking her to the doctor and finding out nothing is wrong is better than not taking her and finding out later something is. I certainly hope you find out what's going on soon and are able to help her (and you)!

Delani - posted on 03/08/2011

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Contact you Health Department and they should put you in touch with a 0-3yr program, they will come out to your house free of charge and evaluate her through play and be able to help you...

Alyssa - posted on 03/06/2011

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I would get her checked out by your GP or child health nurse asap. It could be something much more than average toddler bahaviour or might be nothing...either way if your concerned then trust your instinct

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Lana - posted on 03/23/2011

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so far so good ty just started her on an elimination diet and she has calmed down alot but still waiting for her assessments with the specialists about her speech and other issues

Brandy - posted on 03/20/2011

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im so glad you found the problem, the only time ive ever seen anything like that is when someone is having a type of seizure or a problem with diabetes hope everything is going alright

Lana - posted on 03/19/2011

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the allergies were found through blood tests and the testing is being done from the doctors own observations over a half hour consultation. I did mention an allergy to milk as my daughter got rash and her lips started to turn blue if she had any but that is all it looks like she is allergic to other foods as well. the doctor said her high allergy reading could explain some of her behaviour as her body is inflamed all the time fighting these allergies

Lana - posted on 03/17/2011

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i agree take her to the doctor and make the listen i have been going through that sort of behaviour from my now 4yo for 2 years because as some said she appeared fine when taken to see the doctor but have just changed doctor to find she is suffering from some major allergies to food which is now being sorted and she is also about to be tested for high functioning autism in particular aspergers syndrome she has a good vocabulary but her speech is not clear . So if you suspect something is not right keep pushing the issue with your doctor until something is done and you are being brushed aside.

Loretta - posted on 03/17/2011

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Take her to the Doctor. She may have an infection, head ache, may have broken something...that may be a response to pain.

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2011

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I agree with the majority of the people who have already responded. At first, when I read she screams, I thought oh that's just like my son, he throws horrible fits! But then I read that it's out of nowhere. She may be in severe pain, but you don't know what from. Is it at certain time frame after eating... if that makes sense. It could possibly be a digestive issue. I know a friend of a friend who's 10 month old will do the same thing. They have undergone all kinds of tests, and have yet to find anything. Their next step is allergy testing... to see if there are certain foods that might be upsetting her digestive tract. I hope you find some answers soon!

Kristy - posted on 03/16/2011

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Maybe she has an ear ache??? I would go to docs, I had the same thing with number one baby and we thought he was being naughty, turns out he had an earache.It comes in waves and then while they are screaming it pops and suddenly they feel better then after a while it builds up then the the screaming starts again and it pops again and they are fine. Go to docs. It goes along with the teething thing..... Dont worry bout Autism.

D. - posted on 03/15/2011

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Definitely see a doctor. I agree with Maureen. Could be diet. I have heard of kids acting out and having odd behavior due to food allergies like food dyes. Try organic and dye free food for a few days.

Rachel - posted on 03/15/2011

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Sounds like schizophrenia or a sensory issue. I know those are on both ends of the spectrum but there are reasons that lead me to both. I suggest you get her to the Dr. ASAP! It does ot sound like autism, unless there is something else you may be leaving out, I would not be afraid of that diagnosis.

Louise - posted on 03/15/2011

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I would take her to be checked by the GP these fits could be a reaction to acute tummy ache or something. If she is not soothed by her mother then something is not right here. Just for your own peace of mind take her to be seen. It could be nothing or it could be a grumbling appendix who knows best to get seen.

Cindy - posted on 03/14/2011

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when she is not having these episodes how does she respond to your touch, regular noises in the home, other people? Sounds like sensory issues. Get her to your doctor right away, this could be the start of a very long process to try and find out what it is,k if anything. The earlier you start the better. Good luck, keep us posted on how she is progressing. You should also consider outside help for yourself, counselling or something of the like. This could take a toll on you and your emotional well being as well as your husband. Please take care of yourselves as well as your daughter. The community is here for you when you need them.

Bri - posted on 03/14/2011

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Sounds like through her fits she's trying to tell you that something isn't right!

I agree with many of the posts- talk to your doctor. They can work at figuring out if it's something medical. Keep a log of what she eats and when, and the fits (when, what she was doing beforehand, what position was she in)- this can help the doctor tremendously to identify trends and figure out if it's something related to a food/allergy (such as an upset stomach/gas), or other things.

Has she had any falls or anything lately that might have misaligned something physically- consider chiropractic. Even if she hasn't had any falls, something still might not be aligned.

Maureen - posted on 03/14/2011

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Do you have an established wake, nap, meal and bedtime? I would limit extra activities and reduce background noise-- both can be overstimulating. If you were my patient, it would be helpful to me if you logged sleep, activities, and dietary intake along with behavior for 1-2 days before appointment. Note if she is trying to acquire new skills as that can lead to internal stress. Please deck out simplicity parenting newsletter or books for more suggestions. I see many dietary issues result in this behavior. I would first take out most processed sugars and artificial colorings and sweeteners. Is she snoring at night or getting poor sleep? That's also known to cause this behavior. Hope this helps, as a nurse practitioner, I this is what I would look to first. However most appoinents don't allot for such comprehensive eval so I hope you have an experienced pediatricianthat tries these things before further testing to specialist

Caroline - posted on 03/14/2011

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To me it sort of sounds like something spiritually possessing her, shout at the top of your lungs when the fit starts " In the name of Jesus, the ruling authority of this house, spirit be gone!"

Dawn - posted on 03/06/2011

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If these were only after she went to sleep for the night, I would concider them night terrors, but since they happen during the day and are so frequent, I would see your doctor immediately.

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Only thing I can think of is to have her checked out. It anything its nothing but a real bad faze but if it is something they can tell you what it is and how to fix it. Hope everything is alright

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