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Mom’s Question:

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.

Please help.

Baby Helpline:

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 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 does the same thing, he will screech and scream and then start laughing. He does 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.


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.

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.

Also remember to NOT give her too much attention when screeching – positive or negative, since your attention might reinforce the behavior.

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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  1. Nomfah

    I’m glad I’m not alone . My 5 months old boy screeches until, we all can’t take it anymore
    Even at night when he wakes up, he will start. He doesn’t show any sings of distress when doing it, it’s like he enjoys it. I hope he outgrows this soon because, really, it goes through me to the point that I wish to buy earplugs😂. I’m starting to hear bah, bah syllables on his noise, I’m hoping this is his way to start communication.

  2. Destiny

    I absolutely love it I can see her trying to Express herself I just screech back and she loves it like we’re talking to each other and she’s so proud she can talk to me we have plenty more years for real talking soak it in this is my 5th and screeching is the least of your worries what until she starts talking back then you will miss the screeching

    1. Paula @ EasyBabyLife

      That’s a wonderful way to see it! I can really see you screeching back to your baby. :-)

  3. Tigar

    My daughter is 4 months old and she screeches non stop she went from cooing to screeching it’s killing my ears And my husband works third shift she seems to do it only when he is trying to sleep I sure hope she stops soon my nerves and ears can’t take Any more I’ve tried everything she just loves doing it….

  4. Lucie

    My baby boy is 5mths old and he screeches for hours when tired or hungry, but also when happy. To be honest, I was thinking help is he normal, but after reading everybody’s comments I am reassured. I may start enjoying the noise instead of the dreading it. Hope it doesn’t last.

  5. zivootblog

    Very informative article. My baby niece is in a phase when she started screeching and she is unstoppable. We are afraid that she will hurt her throat. She is a very active and happy baby. This article is informative for us. Thank you.

  6. Sarah

    My daughter is 7 months and 8 days old and will screech for hours on end. I don’t get what is going on because she won’t laugh, and I try everything to make her laugh and nothing works. does anyone have some tips that may help?

  7. Line

    My 5-month-old baby just started screeching. If it is his way of communicating that fine…I just want to make sure something isn’t wrong with him… He has loved his tummy time and being on his tummy, but lately when I am sitting next to all of sudden he will be on his tummy playing with a toy and just start screeching and wailing… Sometimes he looks frustrated as if he wants to move and can’t …

    I can pick him up and he’ll look at me and laugh so I just don’t know what to do. Last night I picked him up and he continued to screech..is he ok is he in pain is there something wrong??

  8. Aussie Mom

    My little girl is six months old and has been making a really high pitch squealing noises for about two months. It is the worst noise, my husband and I both have headaches by the end of the night and even our three years old complains about her noise!! How do we stop this???

  9. Ann

    My 6-month-old has been doing this for a few weeks now. I was beginning to think there was something wrong but after reading these comments I guess not!

    I’m reassured to hear that other babies also do this no matter what!

  10. Tired mom

    It’s not so fun when it’s constant! My 4.5mth old has started screeching and it’s NOT cute!! Once he gets going he won’t stop until he starts crying uncontrollably…there’s no consoling him, it’s awful.

  11. Beth

    My 4-month-old has been screeching for a few weeks now. I love it! It’s the cutest thing in the world! Sure, it’s loud and sometimes I can’t hear people talking – but she’s expressing herself! I encourage her to do it! =D

  12. Happy

    My 5-month-old has been screeching for about 1 1/2 months now and I love it. Actually so does my partner. It’s fun to hear him learning to make new sounds and try and vocalize what he is feeling. And the expectant look on his face when he reaches new levels of noise and pitch to see how we react and respond.

  13. Karen

    Glad to hear I’m not alone. My 5 mth old screams ALL the time, happy, excited, hungry, tired, alone, with me….literally ALL the time. I really hope he grows out of it soon or I really am going to have to buy earplugs – the noise goes right through me!

  14. Kelly

    My 3 1/2 month old has been screeching a lot lately, at first it was cute but it is really starting to be to much. Especially for my husband who has very sensitive ears..guess we are going to have to start wearing ear plugs! I really hope this isn’t going to last long, but I guess we will wait and see. Like most moms say I don’t want to discourage her from talking, and finding her voice, but it definitely gets to be to much..especially on top of her go go go personality! I am VERY thankful she sleeps through the night.

  15. Isabel

    My 4 /12 month old girl started screeching a couple of weeks ago. She does it when she’s happy, excited, mad, tired or bored – in other words: all of the time. Ha! She seems to love the sound of it, but it is truly awful to be around. I too am hoping she gets over the enchantment with it soon. She does mix it up with other pleasant baby babbles, so I’m crossing my fingers.

  16. Jo

    My second daughter has screeched since she was about 3 months and still does and is now 6 months. Its the type of noise which goes right through you and gets to a point where it hurts. I’m hoping she grows out of it sooner rather than later as really awful to be around.

  17. Estelle

    My 4-month-old daughter is screeching. I can’t take it. Whenever she doesn’t get her way or is tired, hungry, grumpy wish I could put my ears to sleep till this sound goes, though I happy her voice is progressing so nyc and loud.

  18. Emily

    The 4-month-old squealing is WAY DIFFERENT than the screeching we are talking about. It is so high pitched it is almost deafening. It is NOT 4-month-old squeals.

    My 6 month old uses it when she is throwing a temper tantrum. Like if she wants the remote control or anything she is not supposed to have on the table, or really if she wants anything. She has all but replaces crying with it and it is HORRIBLE.

  19. Sez

    Aww, it’s cute! My baby is 3 weeks and has been doing this since he was born! :o) I love it!

  20. Jessica

    My Jacob is 15 weeks old now. He started screeching when he was 10 weeks old… I and my husband feel happy when he is making loud noise seems he looks happy and content he catches attention from people and got a lot of good compliments that our baby is a happy baby.