my 1 year old is banging her head against things. Normal?

Nicky - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old has started banging her head against things. hard or soft. and she is frequently rubbing her head with her hand with either one hand or both. I am not sure if I should take her to doctor or if I should give it more time. I just dont want her to be hurting in some way and I dont know and i dont want her to hurt herself. Please help with some advice.

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Kylie - posted on 04/24/2010

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I am having my 1 year old daughter doing the same thing, but when she gets frustrated or cant get her own way, after she just wants a cuddle, I figured it was just an attention thing, but am not sure, so was too thinking of asking about it as i am worried she might hurt herself, i often wonder if we did this when we were kids?? might need to ask mum :)

Jaclyn - posted on 04/26/2010

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It's totally normal, from what I've read. There is an article somewhere online that explains all the odd (and scary-for-mommy) things that toddlers do! :)

Erin - posted on 04/16/2010

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That's totally normal. It usually starts when babies teethe. After a while it happens at other times. Usually, I just redirect....either to a softer surface or another activity. My son grabs at his ears constantly and really hard but he's done it since birth practically and he does it to mine as well..when he's really tired and trying to fall asleep :) I'd say tell your pediatrician for sure...but know that it's completely normal for babies & toddlers to do so.

Ngaomi - posted on 05/21/2010

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Oh yah im not the only with a child that does this... I was starting to think there was something wrong with him although i have noticed in the last couple of days he will do it when he throws tantrums... Headbutts the floor mainly and even when changing his nappy he headbutts the floor still.

Kimberly - posted on 05/02/2010

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My girls do this too. They will actually bang their heads in their cribs as they are going asleep or if they are awakened in the middle of the night to comfort themselves back to sleep...sometimes very violently. We asked the pediatrician about it and she said it was perfectly normal and eventually they will realize it hurts and stop. The girls will also bang their heads on the wall or on the window and laugh until they really do hit it too hard...MD swears they will not hurt themselves....so I just figure they'll learn when they hit too hard that it hurts....

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User - posted on 02/27/2012

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MY LITTLE MAN THINKS ITS GOOD TO RUN INTO WALLS AN THEN WHEN YOU TELL HIM OFF HE RUNS TO THE NEAREST THING AN BANG HIS HEAD RIGHT OFF IT AND IF I AM NOT LOOKING HE JUST RUBS AN WALKS AWAY BUT WHEN I AM LOOKING AT HIM FLOODS OFF TEARS CAN YOU HELP PLEASE

Natasha - posted on 05/20/2010

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THANKS SO MUCH FOR THESE POST! I thought my 14 month old was the only one that beats his self in the head. I was scared that he had a tumor or something, Its weird but I feel relieved to know other kids do it as well.

Nicola - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son does the same thing! leans against the wall and bangs his head against the door, or wall. He keeps doing it till it hurts hard enough and he starts to cry! he laughs at first, but then cries when he does it too hard. Not sure what this means either, or if it normal!

Kate - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was so glad to read this post. My daughter does the same thing, randomly hits herself in the head and also smacks her head as hard as she can against the back of the high chair and then cracks up laughing at herself! I used to worry about her hurting herself but she seems to find it so funny I don't think pain is an issue.

Beck - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son also does the same! and many of his friends. Just watch they aren't banging at their eears cos it may be an ear infection. Otherwise, obviously just 'the latest thing'!

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my 1 year old has recently started doing the same thing - i think they are just discovering a "new" thing - sounds weird but definitely mention it to the Dr. I'm going to at his next app. but it seems like just a new phase of discovery...

Tina - posted on 04/13/2010

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When he first started doing it I thought his head might be hurting too, but most of the time he smiles and laughs cuz he thinks it's funny. No, he doesn't rub his hands against his head, he only bangs his head against things. I plan on asking his doctor about it, cuz it worries me. That's what I would do if I were you, ask her doctor about it.

Nicky - posted on 04/13/2010

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it scares me. cos you dont know if their little head is hurting, does your also rub his head with his hands? or she also hits herself in the head? i dont know what to do.

Tina - posted on 04/13/2010

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Honestly I don't know if it's normal or not. But my 1 year old son has been doing the same thing. He bangs his head on the fridge, wall, couch, anything really. I thought it wasn't normal but my dad told me it's just a phase, but I'm still not sure. =/

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