We are having a problem with our second daughter. She is 15 months old and lately, (the last 2 months), she has just been inconsolable and whiny despite there being no obvious underlying cause. In every facet of everyday life she is screaming and throwing her head back and straightening her whole body out like a board.
I understood this to be just a phase but it seems to be continuing with even more frequency, every diaper change, ever car ride, every snack time, every time she wakes up from a nap. She will walk up to us and whine and motion to be picked up and then we oblige and she flings into a panic. In some cases it seems that whining and screaming are her preferred mode of communication, just walking around in a constant state of frustration.
We have tried everything we can think of but we are running out of ideas. We have tried a stern objection, explaining what she is doing wrong, ignoring the problem hoping attention was the objective, and of course fighting fire with fire and yelling won't work so I don't know what else to try. And unfortunately she is just beginning to understand communication on a higher level so I think the concept that this behaviour is unacceptable is too complicated for her. I'm not sure if she understands cause and reaction.
Mostly I just want to know if anyone else has had a similar situation and how normal it is and how they overcame it or dealt with it. After 2 months of this I fear that this may become more than a phase.