Is your baby screeching? You’re not alone!
Let’s take a look at why babies screech and what to do about it. You can check out the comments’ section too – many babies seem to go through a screeching and squealing phase.
Why is my baby screeching out loud and very loud? She is 5 months old and never stops screeching, it is very annoying. Even the dog has resorted to going outside to avoid the noise.
She’s not hungry, wet, cold, etc.
Loud Baby Screeching – Why And What To Do
Why is my Baby Screeching..?
Learning to Communicate
Some babies are quiet and seem to fuss very little. Other babies seem active from the first day of life and demand a lot of attention. Neither extreme means that there is anything wrong with the child.
Crying, screaming, and screeching are the baby’s first form of communication. Your daughter has learned she has a voice and can express herself through making screeching noises. My son did the same thing, he would screech and scream and then start laughing. He did it so much sometimes that he will start to cough a lot.
You will soon start to hear her making different sounds and syllables that will eventually turn into words. Whenever she starts to make different sounds she will not screech as much.
The squealing and screeching phase often start at some point around 4 to 6 months, so at 5 months your baby is completely normal. This is a development stage where the baby is learning to use their voices in different ways to get your attention. They babble, laugh, coo and… screech! And they develop different screams and cries for needs, such as hunger, comfort, fear, pain and so on.
So, as stressful as it may by – the screeching is most often completely normal!
Of course, screeching can be a sign of discomfort or pain, but then, of course, your baby would show others signs of not being well too.
If your baby is doing any kind of odd movements while screeching or seems to be ill in any, of course, check with a doctor.
Why is the Screeching to Stressful for Parents?
You could think that if this is a normal development phase, then the human mind should be used to it by now and not bother so much…
Well, there is actually research showing that a high-pitched baby scream is quite stressful for parents, who will do more or less anything to make it stop! The parents’ heart-rate even shoots up from the screeching sound.
It has also been seen that this particular sound has been the trigger for unstable parents to actually abuse their babies.
Since high-pithced screaming can occur when a baby is in pain, ill, or very hungry, it is quite logical that we as humans are programmed to react to it (but, of course, a healthy reaction is to try to help your baby and nothing else)!
The problem then is that is some cases, the baby screeches as part of normal, verbal development, and we just have to accept that the stress we might feel has nothing to do with the actual situation we are in.
What to do about the screeching?
If you find the sound unbearable, try playing games with your daughter, to stimulate other sounds. You can sing to her, say rhymes or just talk to her. You’ll find ideas on games to play with a 5-month-old here.
With babies, there is no way to “correct” their behavior – only use positive distraction and make sure there are no underlying problems that cause the behavior.
Not Too Much Attention to the Screeching
Also remember to NOT give too much attention to the actual screeching – positive or negative, since your attention might reinforce the behavior. I don’t mean to ignore or punish your baby when screeching, but simply to not react strongly to the behavior, thereby creating a situation where you end up steering your baby to screeching more rather than less.
Distraction for You
Since this screeching is most likely a normal development phase for your daughter, and even a good one since it means that she is practising communication, you might want to add some positive distraction for YOU from time to time.
Put on some nice, calming music that competes a bit with your baby’s “singing”, or listen to a podd, for example.
Another thing – catch the screeching on video. :-) Before you know, it will be gone, maybe to never come back. In a few years, you can show the video to your girl and laugh together about how she even scared the dog, training her voice.
Here is another screeching baby that was recorded by her parents. Anything similar? :-)
Hope this helps,
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Parents, anyone else who came here looking for answers to “why is my baby screeching”..? Tell us about your situation and if you have any tips to endure it or to distract your baby.