One year old startles and screams, daycare is asking about it.

Katie - posted on 09/12/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




My one year old son randomly startles and cries (screams) at some sudden noises. He's done it when I laugh, or if my husband scolds the dog. On the other hand, he doesn't do it all the time, 5 minutes later my husband could say something to the dog and my son is unaffected. I guess he is doing the same thing at daycare: playing nicely and then startling and screaming. They have asked if there is a lot of yelling at home. There isn't. other than an occasional, sit, down, or drop to the dog (again only startles the kid occasionally) It is a very calm and peaceful household. Is anyone else experiencing this startling and crying, or is it something I should really look into?


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Tiffany - posted on 09/12/2010




Well... you could look into it -
My thoughts are (in a worst case scenario) that he could have hearing issues, and therefore doesnt hear the loud sounds ALL the time, so it seems like he's crying at random, but really he just isnt always hearing the sounds, or he has a possible tourettes type of problem, causing sudden outbursts that he maybe cant help...?? Those, like I said, are worst case thoughts for me...

But my daughter for the longest time was fine with noises, then one day woke up and screamed at the sound of the vacuum or thunder or a lawn mower... and within about a month it was done - she was maybe a year aty the time, shes now almost 2.

Dora - posted on 09/12/2010




I have to tell you that my son was the same way when he was around 1 year old. I think it might be a phase because his is now 2 1/2yrs old and doesn't do that anymore. I remember when the littlest things would startle him and then he would start crying as if something completely horrible happened. We learned very fast when he was going through that stage never raise our voices to the dog because that would easily set him off and it didn't happen every time. It was the weirdest thing. Just hang in there and see if he improves over time.

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