April 5, 2004

Calling All Moms

I need an expert opinion...and for that, I need input from the moms in the crowd. Here goes. At what age is it no long normal for a kid to howl ever friggin minute of the day?

The explanation:
We live in a townhome. We're in an end unit and they're well built - rarely do we hear anything from our neighbors. I said "rarely" not "never." About 18 months ago the bitch on wheels lady next door had a baby. We'd occasionally hear it crying at night be we figued that was normal. Its a baby after all. But as time (18 months, let me remind you) has gone by, that kid's developed some lungs. And she cries every minute of every damn day. I wake up at five in the morning - kid's crying. I come home in the afternoon - kid's crying. I wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of this kid crying.

Posted by Chris at April 5, 2004 1:27 PM

As a mother of two, one of whom was a cranky beast as a child, I'd say that woman has some poor mothering skills. My daughter was miserable as a toddler, but didn't scream non-stop, even at her worst. Of course, playing devil's advocate, the kid could have some issues as well. But, non-stop is not normal.

Posted by: Lisa at April 5, 2004 1:47 PM

I agree, non-stop crying is not normal. I'm not a mother, but live with a toddler, live below a one year old, and have baby-sat oodles of kids. The only thing that makes constant crying is pain or frustration. Maybe the child is teething, or maybe the parents are whacko!

Posted by: Oliquig at April 5, 2004 2:07 PM

Amen to both of the previous comments. I dont even think its normal to scream at all hours when a baby is collicy.

Lil'Zoot only cries all hours of the day when I take away his control of the TiVo remote. Then again...MrZoot does the same thing...

Posted by: Zoot at April 5, 2004 2:31 PM

I'd guess Teething or gassy kid... either way, they come up SCREAMING kid.


Posted by: -d at April 5, 2004 2:56 PM

Mine howls all the time, but mostly when he hears harmonicas or saxaphones.

Ohhh. You meant HUMAN babies.

Posted by: pie at April 5, 2004 3:17 PM

i'm no mom, but that does not sound normal. I babysat a little boy starting when he was 15 months old and the only time he cried was the first couple of times they left me alone with him.

Posted by: laura at April 5, 2004 3:58 PM

The poor child. Nobody should cry that much.

Posted by: cassie-b at April 5, 2004 5:08 PM

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Posted by: Tjej at April 5, 2004 5:16 PM

I'm sure it will stop in another 18 months or so. Muhaha.

Posted by: Iki at April 5, 2004 6:21 PM

Not normal. My son hasn't done that since he was 3 months old.

Posted by: Beth at April 5, 2004 6:31 PM

Well I've had 3 and they were all different on the crying scale but I'd say it would depend on the sex. Girls cry till they're about...oh hell they never stop.

Seriously though, that's a tough one because at that age he/she should be talking or saying words at least and constant crying is definitely unusual at that age.

Posted by: kimberlee at April 5, 2004 8:21 PM


Posted by: wlfldy at April 6, 2004 8:44 AM

Hrm my first thought was colic, but when I noticed the baby was already 18 months old, that thought went out the window. Either the mother simply ignores her child or there is something seriously wrong here. Most babies do not cry all the blasted time and as a mother of a 23 month old and a 21 month old, yes they get loud, but even they don't cry all the time. I say something is wrong.

Posted by: Lauren at April 6, 2004 9:28 AM

Something is definitely wrong there. I've never known an 18 month old to do that much crying. Either the child is being neglected, abused, or is an absolute spoiled whining brat (and it even sounds a bit extreme for that)who cries everytime he/she doesn't get what he/she wants.

Are you sure somebody's home with the kid? I used to have a neighbor downstairs & next door when I lived in PA who would leave the kid alone and run up to the 7-11 or go to work after she put the kid to bed at night (and leave the kid alone).

Posted by: HR Lady at April 6, 2004 12:15 PM

That doesn't sound normal, or healthy - but every child is different. My first gut thoughts that come to mind are "spoiled brat", "ignored child", "thin walls". :) Do you have any sort of relationship with said neighbors to maybe get a clue about what the situation is?

Posted by: Kimmie at April 6, 2004 1:31 PM

Depends on how spoiled and/or ignored the kid is. Usually the most spoiled child (most toys, movies, etc.) is the most ignored child. My son doesn't cry very much, but that's because I don't buy into it. I know what *real* crying is. Basically, if you're not bleeding and there are no bones protruding, no crying. But hey, that's just me. ;-)

Posted by: Ginny at April 6, 2004 6:18 PM

Do you own a gun? Just kidding...no not really....

That doesn't sound normal. I suggest bringing some cookies to her door for the little angel, of course, ('cause she can't get mad over cookies- especially choc chip) and see what the deal is.

Posted by: myllissa at April 7, 2004 9:14 AM

A child screaming all the time is not normal. Yes the first few months there is the colic but there are remdies now.
I have three children all ranging in ages from 14 years old to 3, I learned with the first, how to stop a tantrum in a matter of minutes.

I would have to agree with other statements it comes down to poor parenting skills. There is no reason at all to allow a child to scream there little heads off for more than a couple of minutes.
Once I called up a friend who lived across our townhome complex and told her."Do you know your child is screaming and we can hear her all the way over here?-ya wanna do something about it?!!"
sorry, I am done

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