One of the most crucial and memorable moments in a parent’s life is welcoming their new baby into the world. The first time you hold your baby, the moment you can bring the little one home to be a member of your family, all the little firsts and priceless moments – these are the lovely things parents love about their children, and the reason we call them “bundles of joy.”
However, parents of newborns and toddlers know that their little bundle of joy can sometimes also be a bundle of noise and irritation. There’s nothing abnormal about that – babies cry because they haven’t yet managed to figure out the human language and still need to make their needs heard. Very young children cry for all kinds of reasons: food, to be picked up and held, or simply because something irritates or hurts them and they have no other way of communicating this fact.
Usually, as babies grow older, the screaming gets less and less and finally stops. This is because young children learn other ways to make themselves heard. Sometimes, however, children cry a lot and for far longer than usual. This is what one mother had to live through.
The mother, who did not specify her name or age, took to the internet to ask other parents for help. Her 18-months-old daughter kept screaming for no discernible reason at all hours of the night, all night. This not only kept the tired mother up but also annoyed her landlord so much that they decided to get rid of the young family.
The woman shared her concerns and story on Reddit’s “Parenting” subforum, where parents may seek assistance and discuss issues they are facing. She said at the beginning of her original post: “My 18-month-old will not stop wailing. I’m at a loss since she screams this dreadful high-pitched bloodcurdling scream all day. I really want to flee because I don’t know how to live with her any longer.”
She went into further detail, explaining that there are seemingly no reasons for her daughter’s scream fests and that she will also jump around wildly and throw herself against furniture for no understandable reason. “She’s like a possed ferret and is constantly at risk of hurting herself,” she wrote.
This is already stressful in and of itself, but the mother further explained that her daughter would also not stop making noise at night. The screams had been going on for months by now, so she was finally approached by her landlord. The said landlord lived right next door to them and had already mentioned the noise a few times,
as well as received complaints from other neighbors. The mother explained that “it’s gotten so bad we’re being evicted from our home because the neighbors can’t stand the noise and because of my financial situation, I’m struggling to find another place to rent.”
She further stated that this was totally legal because she lives in the United Kingdom and her lease is set to expire in four months. “They approached me a few months ago and said I could break my lease early if I found a new place, but if I didn’t, they would give me notice four months before my lease expires because they want me out.”
“Exhausted from caring for her little daughter, the mother was at a loss for what to do in this scenario and sought assistance. “I honestly believe they are fatigued too, and wanting to be kept up by a kid at night is the last thing they want,” she said, adding that she understood her landlord’s predicament and sympathized with them.
and I’m desperately trying to keep her quiet not to disturb them and failing miserably. […] She’s never hungry when she’s screaming, if I try and pick her up or play with her it’s usually met with violence, twice I’ve ended up in A&E from her scratching my eyeball. I don’t even know if this is normal kid behavior she’s my first and I didn’t expect this.
“Many commenters noted that this conduct was out of the ordinary for an 18-month-old child. Some advised her to take her daughter to the family doctor because her strange cries could be due to a medical condition. “When my sister was that age, she screamed all the time because she had ear infections and was in pain all the time.” One commentator speculated, “There could be a variety of explanations.”
“18-month-old babies do not scream all the time unless there is a reason, and spoiled isn’t the reason. Ask her doctor for a referral for an evaluation,” another wrote. Most commenters agreed that this excessive screaming most likely had another cause. While some saw medical reasons and ailments, some also mentioned that her daughter might be on the autistic spectrum or suffer from some other kind of sensory issue.