My son screams when he is around people he is unfamiliar with: Advice?

Any time I take my five-month-old son to a friend’s house, he screams bloody murder. I finally get him calm, but if someone he isn’t familiar with looks at him or talks or touches him, he screams again. Idk what to do anymore. He wasn’t like this when he was 0-3 months. I feel like I need to socialize him, but it’s exhausting and embarrassing to take him with me when all he does is a scream as loud as he can for an hour straight. Send help.

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He may be getting over stimulated.

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#covidbaby

My son does the same thing when we first get to someone’s house, but it’s gotten a lot better! These babies that have been stuck at home with just immediate family haven’t had enough social exposure and, unfortunately, being around people they don’t know, in homes they don’t know, is scary for them. Between 0-3 they’re not super aware of where they are/can’t see distance very well, but as they get a little older they become more aware and can see much better. It will pass. Best advice I can give is to increase social interaction and just be out of the house as much as possible, however, that’s still difficult given the pandemic. Hang in there, mama! #thistooshallpass

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My daughter can be like this and she’s 5 month old, I personally think it’s because she was born in isolation/quarantine and isn’t used to going out places or seeing people and her “safe” place is at home. That’s all I’ve put it down too. Just take small steps

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Maybe while at family or friends, you could have them hold him so he can see they’re ok. See if they can calm him

My daughter did this for almost the first year she’s 17 months now and she’s gotten a lot better with it sometimes I still have to take her outside if it’s a house full of people and tell her she’s ok I’m not going anywhere. Every time I just remind myself I’m her comfort zone and enjoy it because she won’t be little long💜

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My daughter was like that it’s was hard she’s much better now I used to take her out in small doses and if it got bad I would just leave she is so much better now :slightly_smiling_face:

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It happens. He will grow out of it. My daughter was the same exact way. She just didn’t like strangers! :woman_shrugging:t3:

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My now 11 year old son was like that at 6mos old. Even towards familiar faces. No pandemic, it was separation anxiety. Took a few months to grow out of. He’s an introvert. His sibling- complete opposite. Very social extrovert.

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My little did this too but only with men because she wasn’t around men often. Her daddy worked on the road for months at a time and so I was all she saw most of the time and other women. We just increased the amount of people both men and women she was around to show her it was ok.

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Lots of babies go through that it will get better.

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This was my daughter! She is still slow to warm with some people. Even in our own house when people came to visit I couldn’t put her down and it was pitiful if someone else tried to hold her. They had to learn to let her warm up to them. She 18 months now and can still be standoffish at first. Even my parents if she goes too long without seeing them is weird at first. My 4 boys were always crazy outgoing.

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It’s normal. I worked in daycare and that lasts a few minutes then they realize that it’s fun. Sometimes it’s gut wrenching to see it but do them if and walk away if not they’ll always continue. If it continues usually they’ll call you

Just a stage. Don’t force it.

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Very normal stage. My Mom and Grandma used to call it “making strange” :wink: 2 out of 3 of mine did this. Both grew out of it within a few months.

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Totally normal! Around that age they have separation anxiety, my son had it, but we just kept bringing him to family and friends, showed him it’s okay, and he got over it. He’s about to be 19 months now and he is not shy or scared at all

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My son from New born to about 4 months screamed every time I took him in grocery store. In scream , Out stop like flipping a switch.

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Totally normal thats the natural stranger danger kicking in

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