What To Do When Your Toddler Screams?

What To Do When Your Toddler Screams?

12 Nov 2021 | 4 min Read


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Toddlers may scream when they want their parents’ attention. At first their loud shrieks may surprise you, but hold on, because they tend to get even worse with the passing days. While your screaming kid may cause you annoyance, it is important that you don’t pay too much heed to it and stress about it. Take it for what it is: a linguistic representation of their powerful emotions. It is just your child’s  way of saying – “hey, look at me!” 

In some cases, your child may also scream when they don’t get what they want, and in that situation, their screaming would mean – “I want this toy , give it to me now.” 

So, why do babies scream and how to soothe them ? Let’s understand it in detail.

Why Do Babies Scream?

Most toddlers scream to seek their parent’s attention. They may also start shouting and crying when they want what they can’t have. And, sometimes, your child’s volume gets turned up to eleven, not to bother you, but to simply  show off his or her lovely toddler exuberance.

How To Stop Toddler From Screaming 

You may think that if you scream louder than your child then they may stop screaming. But unfortunately, that can turn matters worse, and cause your toddler to get scared and scream more. Hence, the best way to keep your child from screaming is by avoiding triggers that tempt them to shout. Below, we have mentioned some helpful tips that will come in handy for managing your toddler’s scream.

Tips To Manage Your Toddler Scream

1. Set A Particular Schedule For Your Child

Set a particular routine for your child and make sure to stick to it. For instance, have a fixed sleeping, feeding, and playing schedule. Manage your tasks according to their schedule and make sure that you are attentive to their needs. This will prevent them from getting irritated or fussy.

2. Ask Your Child To Use An Indoor Voice 

If your toddler is screaming because she’s happy, avoid commenting or criticising. Instead, ask them to use their”indoor voice.” Give them a demonstration of what inside voice means, for instance, you use inside voice at home, and outside voice in your backyard or playground. Acknowledge Their Feelings

If your toddler is  screaming because they want your attention, ask yourself whether they are genuinely uncomfortable or overwhelmed. For example, if you’re in a vast supermarket packed with people, the environment may be overstimulating for them. So, calmly say, “I know you want to go home, but it will be a few more minutes until we’re done,” and push on.  This will not only help comfort them, but also make them feel acknowledged.

3. Provide Positive Reinforcement

Encourage your toddler to be quiet and tell them that when they do so, you will give them something they love. This will instill curiosity in your little one, and when they do calm down, hand them their favourite chocolate or cookie, and shower them with some praise.

4. Keep Your Toddler Occupied 

It is quite an effective way to manage screaming toddlers. When your child starts screaming, distract their attention to another task. Start talking about an interesting topic and divert their attention. You can also encourage quiet by playing their favourite games or turning on some catchy tunes. It may be difficult to deal with your screaming toddler, especially, when you have to tackle those judgy-faces staring down at you, but don’t worry, as this habit in children subsides with time. Until then, use the tips that we mentioned above to soothe and calm your little one and make them understand why screaming isn’t a good habit.

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