My 14 month old keeps having temper tantrums and banging his head in anger,does your baby do this?..

Lisa - posted on 07/21/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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He bangs his head off anything if he doesnt get what he wants,this cant be normal surely? My other 2 children did not do this..

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Joanna - posted on 09/28/2012

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My son bangs his head on any surface. Tile, carpet, wood, cabinets, walls. So badly he had a ring of bruises around his forehead. I took him to doc and he showed her exactly what he does. She said it's normal and it's for attention and he's a boy. I told her I felt like putting a helmet on him! She told me when he does it to go ahead and pick him up and coddle him. Yes, its giving into his plan, but safety is most important. He now tries to trick me and bangs his head on his hands so it looks like he's hitting the floor but I know its just his hands. Once he started doing that and I knew he wasn't getting injured, I started ignoring it and now he has completely stopped. His doctor also gave him a homeopathic remedy that I think had a great effect on his temper tantrums in general.

Darla - posted on 08/10/2010

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Ok so I'm kind of upset that there aren't more responses to this!!! My daughter does this, but usually when she's tired. She has quite a temper---banging her head is a favorite and throwing herself backwards. My pediatrician said it is normal and an attention getting tactic. She said to put her in a safe place and ignore the behavior (like in the crib/playpen where there's a mattress). I usually just pick her up quickly to keep her from hurting herself---hopefully this doesn't reinforce the behavior. I think we just have strong-willed children on our hands!

Rebekah - posted on 08/11/2010

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My daughter throws herself into the floor, rolls over, and then kicks her feet and cries when she gets frustrated or angry.

I've actually found that acknowledging her feelings is more successful than ignoring her. When I get down on her level and tell her, "You are feeling frustrated b/c..." then she calms down much sooner than if I completely ignore her. I also thinks it helps them in the long run to give them a word to associate with their feelings.

I'm not sure when I started it with my son, but he's 3.5 now and will say, "I am angry" and then take deep breaths when he is starting to get angry. I've tried to get my daughter (14 months) to take deep breaths too, but it hasn't worked yet... so I'll just keep trying.

Good Luck!

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Colette - posted on 08/01/2013

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Hi can anyone help I have 2 boys oldest is 23 month and youngest is 11 month there is a year and a day between them.
My oldest keeps nutting everything especially when his getting told off but now he'll just walk up to my youngest n nutt him for no reason I have to shout for him to stop most of the time my youngsest will just laugh but sometimes he hurts him
I dont know what to do ? X

Mandi - posted on 08/07/2012

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wow well my child just doesn't stop there he throws his self to the ground to bang his head off the floor then get up and start screaming on top of lungs and starts chucking stuff at people and I can't get him to stop he even screams at nuttin when we go out and does this for no reason at all even hitting us is getting bad I don't know what to do for him bc dicapline is not working for him and hitting his head off things is making it worse what can I do or can this be treated

Crystal - posted on 05/03/2011

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My 14 month old daughter does this... she sits down or bends over and slams her head against the ground then cries harder. She usually does it when I won't pick her up. If she whines or cries to be picked up I usually don't do it so as not to foster ill behavior.... but this head smacking thing had got my nerves shot. Anyone have any advice on how to soothe this???

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2010

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Talk to your pediatrician There could be sensory issues involved if you do not this it is for attention or seems abnormal. Trust you mommy istincts.

Courtney - posted on 08/11/2010

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My 14 month old has temper tantrums, his face will turn red and he will scream and stomp his feet..he usually does that when i wont let him do something..Sometimes its hard to keep from laughing at him

Stevie - posted on 07/21/2010

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My baby just recently starting throwing temper tantrums. He sits on his bottom with his feet out in front of him and kicks furiously screaming while hanging his head low as if trying to make the most effect with his voice or body language or something. There is obvious extreme irritation in his voice when he does this and it mostly happens when I am reading and am guessing it is a ploy for attention at best, but recently noticed excessive drooling (again) and have to consider teething as an added factor causing his need to act this way. I don't know if this helps at all, but it's something to consider. I have read and heard about children banging their heads at young ages purposefully and it can be dangerous, but I think it also can just be your child's way of getting attention also. If he was doing this ALL of the time, not just for attention, I think I would be a little more concerned. Children sometimes will do anything when their mad to get your attention, I think. If one thing doesn't work, I'm sure they'll find another way to grab you. And if you automatically freak out like a normal parent would when you first caught him doing this, I'm sure he'd notice that THIS is his mommy's number and that every time he does it, it will definitely get you to pay attention, no matter what. If you are in fear of him hurting himself in a serious manner when he does this, I wouldn't hesitate to call his pediatrician for either confirmation, an explanation, or just for some direction as well on how to combat the issue if he is seriously hurting himself.

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