Tempet tantrums with headbanging, please help!!!!

Rachel - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 1, and has been having tantrums for a few months but recently they have been getting much worse. If she doesn't get what she wants she starts screaming, hitting, throwing her head back, and even bending over and banging her head on the floor. This is a really scary thing for me to watch. Everyone just tells me to ignore it and just don't give in, but it's not easy, especially when she's banging her head on the ground and her forehead turns bright red. Could this be a sign of some kind of behavioral problem?? Any advice would be helpful :)

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Sonya - posted on 09/11/2009

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My daughter has just started doing this as well. I agree... it is super hard to watch. I admit I give in sometimes... and I know that giving her a teddy graham always makes her stop. I also make her cry it out sometimes too. Sometimes she throws up from crying though.

Kelli - posted on 09/11/2009

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everyone keeps telling me it's a phase. My son, hits, and throws himself back. it is hard to deal with. I'm dealing with the same thing.

Gabbie - posted on 09/11/2009

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My eldest son (now 14 years) also did similar tantrums until i threw a almighty tantrum back when he was nearly 2yrs old and he begged me to stop after that no more tantrums. Also when she bangs her head on the floor try putting a pillow under her head and one under your and say ooooo love for mummy distraction is always good :) good luck

Kristen - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter has started to do the same thing. If I try and pick her up to move her, she puts her arms up in the air so I almost drop her. I found that if I make sure she doesn't hurt herself and let her throw them and pay no attention, she stops quickly. Hope this helps

Samantha - posted on 08/28/2009

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My daughter had terrible tantrums! I found singing at the top of my voice and dancing arround like a mad woman worked a treat , she became more interested in what i was doing than her tantrum! It also meant I wasn't getting upset by her actions so could deal with it better.. good luck!

Lori - posted on 08/27/2009

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My son did this and it really scared me. he would bang his head really hard on our ceramic tile floor during a tantrum. It is really hard but don't give in to what she wants, it really is a phase that they will outgrow once they realize that they won't get what they want. My son started this behavior around the age of one also, it is frustrating and hard to watch but really important not to give in. My son is two now and no longer bangs his head. Once he realized that it hurt him and he wouldn't get what he wanted, he stopped. So good luck and stay strong!

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