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.

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