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Anyone had a baby with really high pitched cry?

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WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 19:45:04

Ds2 is four months old and from birth has had a really high pitched cry - it's like a cross between a whistle and a shriek, incredibly high pitched and piercing shock

If any of you have one of those whistling dolphin bath toys, that's what he sounds like.

Am very curious to know if anyone has encountered this before, and whether the baby's speaking voice was unusual as well.

Anyone out there got a whistling shrieking baby?

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WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 20:05:34


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cthea Mon 03-Aug-09 20:12:09

How is his hearing? DS had a "different" cry that i didn't really differentiate but was obvious to my mum & sis at around 8 months old.

WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 20:20:19

He had his hearing tested in hospital at birth and it was fine - he also reacts normally to noise, jumps at loud noises, turns his head towards voices etc, so I assume it's ok?

He seems utterly well and healthy, just has this unusual voice!

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WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 20:36:03


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WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 21:05:55

Have been googling and have managed to convince myself he has a neurological problem....sad can anyone out there reassure me?

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WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 21:30:14

final bump before bed?

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sanae Mon 03-Aug-09 21:36:43

Well is he developing normally otherwise?- smiling at normal age, showing interest in his surroundings, normal limb movements. You should speak to health visitor/GP with interest in children if concerned. It would only be a sign of a neurological problem if it was part of a general picture of developmental delay.

WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 21:45:28

he smiles lots and makes lots of cooing and other noises. can't roll over yet, although he can roll onto his side, and can hold his head up for a short period when he's on his front.

He kicks his arms and legs and can grasp a toy if he concentrates really hard, although he lets go pretty quickly.

You're right though, I should talk to my HV, I just wondered if anyone on MN had had a baby with the same sort of cry, but it seems not.

Thank you for posting!

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AzureBlueSky Mon 03-Aug-09 22:14:40

Hi...Yes my 4 month old has a cry exactly as you described, I did think it was a little unusual. What neurological condition? (worried now)!

WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 22:17:44

does he sometimes sound like a car alarm? it's good to know I'm not alone!

don't worry, nothing specific, just articles like this one got me a bit worried

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WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 22:18:22

Sorry, didn't mean to worry you!

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NotanOtter Mon 03-Aug-09 22:19:46

we do
ours is 12 months now and an embarrassment! we have strted to say 'no' when he starts

it hurts your ears! i sympathise!

brazenhussy Mon 03-Aug-09 22:32:42

OMG - I am a childminder to a one year old who does this!!
It doesn't even start off quietly and then build up it just goes into a full blown shreeeek

Absolutely nothing wrong with her developmentally smile

WhatFreshHellIsThis Mon 03-Aug-09 22:37:07

Well that's good to know! It doesn't seem to be a behavioural thing, iyswim, he's not doing it on purpose, it just seems to be where his voice is pitched.

But BOY is it loud! He went for it in Brown's today over lunch and you could see people visibly stiffening at tables all over the restaurant, thinking 'Christ Almighty, what was THAT!' shock

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NotanOtter Mon 03-Aug-09 22:44:03

yes what freshhellis this

We were in the park and people look round!

He just goes full pelt also - when food is around it peaks blush

kittywise Mon 03-Aug-09 22:47:58

Ds3 is 2 , his scream is so high pitched and so loud that a recent hearing test for me showed noise induced hearing loss of 50% in the higher frequenciessad.

Whenever he has a paddy in the high street people come out of shops to see what is going onblush

AzureBlueSky Mon 03-Aug-09 22:48:06

He tends to use the very high pitched cry if I've picked him up out of his bouncy chair and then had to put him back in it a minute or so later (usually because my 2 year old DS has run into the kitchen and started emptying out the fridge!). He (baby) really, really hates being put back in the chair because he loves being picked up for fuss and cuddles. His face registers shock, then disbelief, then he goes red, and then the car alarm/dolphin whistle screaming starts!

I'm not suprised the article got you worried! I'll mention it to the HV when I see her tomorrow..'s ok, I worry about everything smile

kittywise Mon 03-Aug-09 22:49:04

please protect your ears, honestly, it will cause damagesad

Lotstoshare Fri 28-Sep-12 00:30:35

Very interesting. My boy didn't shriek. But it was unusual. More like a strangled warbling sound. Not like a baby at all. People would comment. He would stiffen his body and hold his breath as well. Problems have been ongoing. Speech delay, milestones having to be taught, coordination difficulties etc. A psychologist friend suggested a lack of oxygen at birth. I dunno. Nothing I can proove though he had a precipitate birth and was somewhat the worse for wear. A short cord meant he didn't fall though.

mctconsortium Tue 23-Jul-13 22:11:30

Hi there! I know I'm late to the party, but my baby boy is 5 months and has had the exact cry you describe, from birth as well. I'm wondering how your son turned out? I have the same neurological fears...


DisappointedHorse Tue 23-Jul-13 22:18:53

Yes me! DS was so high pitched his cry was shocking. In the hospital they took him off me to take him for a blood test and I could hear him from the far end of the ward. It was so high it actually hurt my ears and was embarrassing.

He's now 6, has a normal speaking voice, bright and utterly lovely but still has a cry that could shatter windows.

mumofthemonsters808 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:23:55

My boys cry is exactly as you describe and is guaranteed to turn heads when out in public.

Joannaaa Fri 08-Nov-19 19:08:23

Hi - I see this is a really old post but wanted to ask the outcome of your babies? My 10 week old has the most high pitch shrill sounding cry and I have also worried myself into thinking he may have a neurological problem.

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