Does anyone elses Baby do this?

Ashley - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 83 moms have responded )

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My son hunter is A dec 23rd baby :) when he throws fits he will smack his head off the floor HARD( we have harwood floors) A couple times he has even rolled over and started smacking his face on the floor to the point where he bleeds?! Anyone elses baby do this? or has done this?

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Kristen - posted on 03/25/2010

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Thankfully my son hasnt done this, but my daughter who is now 6 sure did! You know how I stopped it? A trick from my mother, and it may seem a little cruel, as i did at first, but it worked wonders! Get a spray bottle filled with water, and when it starts, just do a spritz in the face. It will startle them at first and then get on his level and speak calmly to him and tell him his behavior is not acceptable. If he seems to want to keep at it, I would go with the putting him in the crib and let him go till the fit is over like mentioned below. if you dont stop it now, it WILL only get worse! GOOD LUCK!

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Ryan - posted on 09/04/2010

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I know excatly how u feel.:p My son Aiden started doing this a couple of months ago, and to tell u the truth it scared me a bit. But now we let him know that we dont want him to hurt the baby.(He is the baby in this case) Just let them know lovingly but firmly that hitting themselves or anyone else is not ok.

Christi - posted on 09/01/2010

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my son does and he was recently diagnosed with autism. you might want to talk with a doc about that.

Melanie - posted on 08/31/2010

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Hi Ashley, my son is 20 mths and he does the same thins as your little boy. When he throws a tantrum he normally tries to find anything that he can hit with his head. He then starts crying even more because it hurts when he hits his head. I have found though that now he is getting older and can communicate a bit better, these episodes don't happen so often thank goodness. I am pretty sure your son will grow out of it eventually. Just thought i'd let you know that your not the only one :-)

Amber - posted on 08/29/2010

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Wow I bet that could be scary, but not to fear. I guess my big sister used to throw some pretty big, head smacking fits too and she turned out just fine. She's a CPA and very healthy! Although maybe you should talk to your pediatrician for some ideas on how to curb this. Meanwhile I'd put him in a safe place, like your time-out spot on the couch for 2 min then when his 2 minutes are up, tell him what he was there for, letting him know that's not an effective way to get what you want. My daughter throws some fits too and that seems to work like a charm. Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 04/08/2010

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my daughter erica does that to or she will walk around hitting her head on things

Sarah - posted on 04/07/2010

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When Laney is already grouchy and doesn't get her way with something, she'll throw her head and body backwards, HARD... Usually I know when it's coming and I can get my hands or a pillow behind her so she doesn't hurt herself, but there's been a couple times that she slammed the back of her head on the floor. I figure she'll grow out of it, and in the meantime I just have to be faster than her!

Chevelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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Ooh, my daughter does smack her head down- but not until she bleeds! Ouch! Like some of the other parents stated- she does it when she is tired or when she doesn't get what she wants. It's a little temper tantrum, but I can easily direct her attention to something else and she moves on and is fine. I feel like it's just a control issue- she wants something and is frustrated when she doesn't get it- yet doesn't know exactly how to express herself. I've also found she will "go limp" if she doesn't want to go somewhere or be picked up an moved... It's just a way for a child to try and control the situation- I think as they learn to express themselves (and we learn what they mean!) things will get better.

Carrie - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter will sit against the wall and bang her head on it, and mostly when she is not even mad. I don't understand it!

Stacey - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter Zoe is a Dec 21st bub and she smacks her face against the floor when she's upset. I try to remove her from the hard floor to either a bed where i stay with her or even carpet it softens to blow and she knows i'm near and doesn't get frightened. Hopefully then both grow out of it soon. Good luck

Kelly - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son started to do this and I would move him to a more open place without saying anything and walk away. He would stop then it they don't have anyone to watch them and pay attention they wont do it.

Donna - posted on 04/06/2010

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My last name is Hunter!! lol Our son TylerJaeden was born 23 dec too and when he throws a fit he headbutts everything. The floor (we have a hardwood spot in front of our door), the wall, the cabinet and even my wooden rocking chair. He doesn't do it to the point where he bleeds because by the time the 2 or 3rd time hits he's to worried his head hurts, that and we tell him to stop it. The best thing we found was to move him away from whatever it is. If your son is headbutting the floor try time out on the couch or a soft chair or maybe even his bed.

Daniela - posted on 04/06/2010

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Yes, my daughter Amanda did the same thing! Although, she started doing this when she turned one (so about 4 months ago) and about a month after that she' became smarter and only bumped her head very slowly (she made it as if she would hit it hard and stall right before she hit the floor and only graze her forehead) - I believe she realized that it hurts! After another month of doing that she realized that it didn't have the desired effect (i.e. to get what she wants) and quit it.

Anita - posted on 04/06/2010

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Wow Ashley seems like a tough time with your son, Mia my 13th of of Dec baby has a bad habbit of hitting her head on the floor and walls when things don't go her way though not to that extent. Sorry I can't be any help...

Jayde - posted on 04/05/2010

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Yes my child does that too..... its nothing to freak about... well it is that he is hurting himself, but you dont have to worry that your son is the only one! my child (16 months old) does it on a regular basis from seizures. doctors say it will pass and take another form but for now all u can do is find one of those foam helmets to stop any major injuries they can do from head banging

Danielle - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hiya my son did do this not to the point of bleeding but it was like he has no sense of pain he also used to bang his head against the wall or throw himself down, most times he wouldnt cry either as a worried parent at the time of all this happening i took him to the doctors and we later found out after a year of getting through to the right department that i son was diagnoised with autism nov 2009..we didnt just take him to doctors just because he was hurting himself but because his speech was delayed so im not telling you this to panic you or make ya worry cause for your child it could just be he is having a terrible tantrum. I would say take him to doctors cause it can't be nice for you to see your child do that to himself. I had come to the conclusion that my son was doing this to himself out of pure frustration because he couldn't tell us when he was sad or anything else really Louie now doesn't hurt himself the way he used to i think its cause we as parents have more of an understanding to what his needs are if ya need to ask anything else please feel free to ask away take care x

Ashley - posted on 04/05/2010

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my daughters 15months and her fits r unbelievable!!! she hits and throws herself ta the floor in lil tantrums. one time she bounced her head off the floor perposley and it left a big knot on her forhead. you are deff not alone

Christina - posted on 04/05/2010

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My twins did this and Chance does too. It stops,. eventually and will stop more quickly if ignored. The first time my older son did it hard enough to really hurt was the last time he ever did it.

Katy - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son went through this stage! It went on for a couple of weeks and eventually he just stopped doing it.

Natalie - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have twin boys (19th Dec) and one of my little ones also does this however not to this extent. He does bang his head hard on the floor but also anything in reach (i.e. Sofa /me etc) we can't seem to get him to stop either. It's difficult to watch but also difficult to know whether to intervene and give a reaction! We're not sure whether to leave him to it to try and get over in the coming months?

Alicia - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son does this, but never to the point of bleeding. The doctor said this is normal and passes. His advice was to throw cold water on him or to get a squirt gun and shoots him (anywhere but the face). He says that this has worked for many parents. For the past few months we started the count system....give a warning, tell him that if I make it to three he will get a spanking, we never make it to two. Glad this stops the action almost immediately.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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agree! good for you writing it. i think some people expect their children to be perfect, like they (ahem) are.

Kim - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son Curtis does this aswell. Born 20th december. My mum said that i did it aswell. The best thing we found was to just walk away and he stops doing it if he is not getting the attention. Hope this helps x

Marci - posted on 04/04/2010

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My son does the same thing! He also likes walls, doors, anything he can smack his head on! Everything I have read says this is normal and they'll grow out of it. I know it scares the crap out of me and I try to stop him before he hurts himself! Hang in there, hopefully it won't last too much longer!

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My little girl used to do this. She is a December 12th baby and when she did it, we left the room. She quickly realized she was not going to get a reaction from us...
Hope this helps

Tanya - posted on 04/03/2010

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OMG...what a relief to hear that someone else's son does this. My son was born on the 26th of Dec and when he was about a year old, he started to do the same thing...at first the sensation seemed to intrigue him but then he started to do it for some hard core temper tantrums. One day, I told him that I wasn't going to give in to him just cause he was hitting his head so he went to his room and intentionally hit his head on the corner of his door. He got a goose egg on his head the size of a golf ball...it was dark blue and earned him an ambulance ride to the hospital. I guess he showed me. Now when ever he gets in trouble for anything...he puts his hands to his head as if to remind me. Little manipulator!

Sarah - posted on 04/03/2010

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My eldest daiughter used 2 do that, she eventually grew out of it, keep the chin up xx

Maggie - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son Simon does it whenever he gets frustrated, and he's ended up with a few bruises from it. He also hits his head against the wall, but that's just because he likes the sound. His older brother Liam used to slam his head into stuff too, and it freaked me out, but he grew out of it. Though I hate it, it's not something I'm terribly concerned about this time (unless he does it on something really hard or on the corner of something). I try not to react and to ignore him, and when he runs to me for a hug after he's hurt himself doing it I try not to pick him up. It seems that if I ignore it successfully he stops faster, but that could be wishful thinking. Good luck! :)

Melody - posted on 04/03/2010

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my son does, he was born december 25 '08 luckily we have carpets, he never gone as far to make himself bleed, thank god!!! but he will do it a few times then look up just make sure i'm looking, they aren't stupid are they!!! know full well they will get the attention, it's my fault really the first time he did it i made such a fuss he new it was a way to get my attention!!! i love the idea about the spray bottle though GENIUS definatley gonna try that!

Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son does this all the time! mine was born December 1st. It drives me crazy! He hasn't made himself bleed and honestly i am really surprised. I love my little munchkin but he will get really mad about something or just be throwing a tantrum and start hitting his head on anything hard in the general vicinity. His pediatrician said not to worry about it that its just his way of throwing a tantrum and not to let it go on for too long but there is really no way to stop it. (great not exactly what i wanted to hear)

Kellie - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son (born dec 11th) sorta does this sometimes. He's normally a super sweet baby, but sometimes when he's really sleepy or very frustrated with something he throws tantrums. He'll flop back and sometimes hit his head on the floor. I used to freak out and try to comfort him, but now I just pick him up and move him to a soft place where he can't get hurt. After about 2 mins or so he usually calms right down. My mom says i did this at this age as well. She thought I was frustrated that I couldn't talk or communicate things i wanted. I'm hoping this will stop as he learns to communicate better. Good luck!!

Ann - posted on 04/02/2010

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my daughter hits herself on the head anytime we correct her for anything... it can be anything and she always hits her head on the floor or hits herself with anything hard she can find (cell phone,camera) Im going to ask the doctor again but last time he said it was ust teething

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my daughter used to do that. she would fling her head backwards, meaning to land on the carpet (still hurts though) but she would sometimes bang her head into something on the floor that she didn't realize was there. once she flung her head back and hit a wooden chair and broke the skin and bled for a little bit. i thought she was going to have a concussion! my son is doing this annoying thing now where he will cry and shove his hand down his throat and gag and he'll even throw up sometimes! yuck! the doctor laughed and said it was VERY common. he just does it while waiting impatiently for food, or when i tell him no about something. and just recently he's started to bite me when i won't give him something lol. it's really hard right now to try to get them to understand anything, because they just can't!

Ukiah - posted on 04/01/2010

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Our son does this but not to that extent of bleeding, poor little guy. My son will bang his head against the back of his chair and on the floor but only a couple times, and it's always in moments of frustration then he stops. I try not to react too much cause apparently they're doing it for attention possibly, so I just say calmly "ouch you will hurt your head", and he stops after anyways. Good luck!

Staci - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yes! My son, New Years Eve baby, is nuts. He headbutts the floor all the time. And it's not just the floor, it's the walls, the windows, furniture and even me! We have to watch him so he won't hurt himself. He does it when he's happy and playing too. It's like this new trick he can do and he uses it to express himself. I can personally tell you he has a very hard head! Oh, and he bites. So he'll bite my leg and then headbutt it. He's a monster! Thankfully as he gets older he seems to be slowing down on the habit.

Claudia - posted on 04/01/2010

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Mine does that too!!! Yet he seems to know how far he can go on hitting himself!

Claudia - posted on 04/01/2010

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My little one, a dec 24th baby :o), actually started doing that since 10 months old. He began hitting his head against the floor and right away looking at me to run to his aid. He continues doing it, but he is very calculating when he does do it. He knows it will hurt him so he is careful about it, but its only done to get my attention and reaction just like he does when he really has an accident. These little ones know how to get mommy to come rescue them A.S.A.P.... I do not run quickly to him, but I talk to him and let him know that he is not going to get mommy there if he does it on purpose. He probably doesn't understand the meaning of what I am actually saying, but in my tone I am sure he picks up that mommy was not fooled.

Samantha - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son Ryker is a December 24th baby. And seeing this let me kolnow I wasn't alone. He will bang his head on doors, and run to the edge of my bed and smack his mouth into the frame. I still have no clue on how to keep him from doing it when he's upset or mad.

Anna - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yes, my son Jacob (1st December) is a head banger too. He does it when he is thwarted/having a tantrum but he also seems to do it when he is very tired, in a bizarre way it seems like a comfort thing to him although it's really alarming for me. I told my health visitor and she said it can sometimes be a sign of autism but in the absence of any other pointers to autism she thinks he will just grow out of it. I try to move him away but he does tend to go looking for a hard surface to bash his head on...it sounds horrific and it's horrible to watch.

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Yes my son who is 15 months does this and so does my daughter who is 2 1/2, she started around the 12 months stage. I haven't got to the stage of bleeding as I usually jump in straight away and distract them from their tantrum with some toy or song etc that they like. It usually work's.

I feel that you need to get to them quickly to stop them hurting themselves - try getting to him as soon as he starts head-butting the floor and distract him with something, he will soon forget the tantrum and concentrate on the new exciting item/situation.

Ashlee - posted on 04/01/2010

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YES, whenever I tell my daughter (Dec 31st) "NO" she immediately drops to the floor and throws herself backwards, its normally in the kitchen so its on the tile which is not soft. It passes after about 5 minutes, but it does worry me a bit that she is going to give herself a concussion. Hope this helps-Ashlee L

Staci - posted on 04/01/2010

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my older son did that too.. he never bled. but would beat his head on the floor sometimes when throwning big fits or extremely upset.. he doesnt do it anymore.. he is 3 now.. but he does sometimes do other things like sometimes bite his hand..im hoping he just continues to grow out of being self distructive.. I do try to encourage or prevent self harm..

Sheena - posted on 04/01/2010

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yep....my son does the same thing! he will get mad start his tantrum and usually hits his head on the floor (we have tile), which makes him even more upset.....I usually (if it gets bad enough) put him in his room or crib....I tell him when I bring him in there that when he is done he can come out.....he will continue on with his tantrum for a while.......but when I go back in there after a few minutes and ask if hes done he stops crying...i take him out of his room and hes done......

I have read alot that says for boys the best thing you can do is ignore and issolate yourself from him.........boys hate that....i think that is why when i put him in his room he actually stops??

Hope this helps?

Good Luck!

Danielle - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son Darren was borns on Dec 23 as well, his name is Darren and he is the same way. I was afraid it was something to be concerned with like a sign he is autistic or possibly has ADD or ADHD. It makes me feel better that there are other children his age that do this also. I don't think I can count the times he has beaten his head off of the walls and floors (on purpose & not on purpose), biting, pinching, throwing things. Especially when you think he wants something and you try to give it to him and he throws it across the room. His sister and they both have started this thing where they headbutt each other. My daughter, who is 5 has a black and blue mark the size of a nickel. I just let him play it out on the floor and during the process I ask him if he is ready to quit so he can tell me, usually again, what had happened and eventually he quits and comes over to me OR he falls alseep wherever. I'm not sure what to do about the 2 kids bumping one another on the head to the point of bruising. Right in the middle of her forehead. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks!! :)

Rachel - posted on 03/31/2010

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My little boy Jordan, is a Dec. 22 baby too!! He also has a major temper and throws himself back. He will also grab at my hair and face when he is mad and I am trying to change him. These boys are tough!!

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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ALL THE TIME!!!!!!! When he's mad, he bangs his head on the floor, the wall, the closest person to him, or slaps himself in the face. He also hits his older brother when he gets bored. I've heard of all kinds of illnesses and social dysfunctions that can cause this but personally I think it's just for attention and they will grow out of it. My older kid did it too and he doesn't anymore.

Brandi - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son is dec 9, also named Hunter. He does this a lot. Usually on the couch..playing around, he'll thrust himself backwards so that he springs forwards..but, sometimes, especially when he's supa tired, he'll thrust his whole upper body backwards into whatevers behind him. He likes hitting too..and we do the mini time out as well. just a minute in his timeout chair. gives him a second to calm down.

Oh, and a side note to whoever said it happened to their son, and now he has ADHD at age 4 is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I believe ADD/ADHD is a cop out (not that is not real, but I think anyone under the age of 10 diagnosed with it is a HUGE lie made up by drug companies). Do you know what they give to kids who are 'diagnosed' with ADD/ADHD? Speed. Pharmaceutical grade amphetamine salts. Way to mess up your child's neural development. Your kid is 4..deal with it.

Jen - posted on 03/31/2010

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My guy's birthday is Dec 15th, and he does it during play, and rarely with a tantrum. I spoke to our peds about it, they suggested with a tantrum to do a 'mini' time out. Put him in his pack and play, not crib, for a break. Also, do this with hitting- which is what our guy prefers to do during a fit.

Tarina - posted on 03/31/2010

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please please, dont get in a panic, but watch this behavior. my oldest did it in kindergarten, lord knows why, we just ignored it hoping it would go away, and then tried alternate methods to curb the behavior, but he is now in 3rd grade and still does it, and he hurts himself when he does it. No amount of discipline, or love, has solved this for us. We are just starting down the counseling road. Just please keep an eye on your little ones. If they ever seriously injure themselves, it comes back to haunt you every day. If you cannot control it quickly on your own, get assistance from a dr or therapist. you have no idea how much damage they can do to themselves before they finally release enough of the frustration they have built up.

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