Why Toddlers Shriek and How to Respond

Has your toddler developed a habit of screaming loudly? It’s not unusual for very young children to do this for attention—or even because they like to hear themselves.

Make sure your child isn’t injured or in pain, but then try not to give the outburst any attention. The more attention he receives, the more frequently he’ll scream.

If you’re in a public place, you may have to remove him to a quieter setting, but don’t acknowledge the scream.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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