Many parents will know the nightmare of a toddler communicating through screaming, but one UK mum has shared a horror tale, revealing her child's tantrums are so out of control she's being kicked out of her home.
Turning to Reddit's parenting forum for advice, the mother revealed she's at her "wit's end" with her 18-month-old, as she "screams this awful high pitched blood-curdling scream all day".
"I want to just run away. I don't even know how to deal with her anymore," the distressed mum wrote in the brutally honest post.
"She's so spoiled she screams for absolutely everything and is always jumping around, throwing herself about the place and screaming.
"She's like a possessed ferret and is constantly at risk of hurting herself."
The mum revealed her daughter would scream "until the early hours of the morning", and it was so bad, she was being kicked out of her apartment by her landlord - a teacher who lives next door.
"I can understand that the noise is affecting their job performance and I really try to keep it to a minimum," the mum wrote, adding she "didn't know what to do anymore".
"It's just the two of us and I have no breaks, it's just a constant migraine and I just want to run away at this point - I can't take any more.
"I'm beyond stressed out and constantly crying because of how stressful my life is and I just want her to stop screaming so I can think straight for just a second.
"I do love her dearly but I'm really struggling to cope and I feel like I'm on the verge of a mental breakdown, I just want to know how to stop her screaming."
Fellow concerned parents were quick to weigh in, with many suggesting the level of screaming shown by the toddler "wasn't normal'
"The baby is not spoiled. She needs to be diagnosed by a doctor. Hope she's ok," one person wrote.
"18-month-old babies do not scream all the time unless there is a reason, and being spoiled isn't the reason. Ask her doctor for a referral for an evaluation," another added.
"It's not normal. See a doctor," wrote another, adding they went through a similar situation with their son who had ADHD and sensory processing issues. "He screamed and cried and fought until he was six."
Others pointed out it might be due to ear infections.
"My niece was like this as an infant. Her parents went through hell. She would claw her face and scream nonstop. She is perfectly fine now," another user reassured the mum.
"Chiming in on the 'getting the baby evaluated ASAP' train. My nephew was like this due to an ongoing inner ear infection. Couldn't tell from the outside but he was in constant pain until they installed shunts. Totally different kid after," another wrote.
The distressed mum hadn't posted an update at the time of publishing.