head banging

Sharon - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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my 15 month old son bangs his head on things ? doors walls floors when ever he cant get wat he wants is this normal hand how do i stop him doin it

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Liz - posted on 01/28/2010

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My 15 month old does it too- it's very scary. I asked our pediatrician- she told me to try to keep him safe (on the rug etc) and just stay calm, lots of praise when he stops so he learns to end it. i have also been trying to distract him when he gets mad- get him interested in something else- sometimes it works, not always though. I really think it is just a phase and I pray he outgrows it soon!

Sue - posted on 01/22/2010

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hi Sharon. my son alex is 15 months and also does the head banging thing. there are no specific triggers but he nearly always does it when he is frustrated or tired. i tend to try and ignore him because if i give a reaction, he continues to do it all the more. he is perfectly happy and healthy so i am confident it is just a frustration outlet and that he will grow out of it. great to read of other parents with similar experiences!

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Amber - posted on 02/24/2010

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oh my goodness!! my 16 month old son does the same thing! he will bang his head on any and everything just to see everyones reaction.. i think it is some type of like an attention getter in his mind. at first i made a really big deal and would grab him and tell him no and to stop doing that BUT that seemed to make him do it waaaayyyy more... SO what i do is every time he does it (which is at least once a day) i ignore him i completely look away AND instead of him banging his head 15times he will do it twice or 3 times at the most and stop.. it works for me so maybe it can help u and ur little one.. let me know how it goes! good luck :)

Niki - posted on 02/24/2010

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my 16 month old daughter has started the same thing and it scared me, i chatted to a few friends about it and their kids do the same. so when she gets mad and throws her self on the floor, i just pick her up and put her on a pillow on the floor and tell her she can come and see me when she is done. she has not stopped doin it yet, but after i tell her that it only lasts for about a minute

Heather - posted on 02/24/2010

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my son started this too at about 15 months. He acutuly chiped a tooth because of it. at first it upset me too, and I asked everyone I knew about it. I found out that if you try to stop him it only upsets him more. So I tried to ignore it. I noticed it happend more offten when he was tired. So I padded the bars on his crib, and let him bang away until he fell asleep. It has been less than a month now and he no longer has the bangging fits. I think he was tring to get my attention by acting out, but now he knows that it won't work on mommy anymore.

Kristi - posted on 02/24/2010

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I've noticed that my son can not control his temper when he gets ANY sugar in his diet. I even have to limit his fruit juice intake. I think that these kids are so full of energy that when you give it that little extra push with sugar they can't seem to control their frustrations any longer. Anyway, it's a theory and it has helped me with my 16 month old (as well as my 18 year old and 11 year old!).

Nicole - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son does it after I tell him no. He would go over to the transition strip (where the hardwood floors meet the carpet) and do it there and then look at me and cry. I just ask him if he is done yet and continue on with what ever it was that we were doing.

Stephanie - posted on 02/01/2010

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I think it's just a phase they go through at this age judging by the replies- boys or girls! Mine does this quite a bit when she gets frustrated- and it seems to be more often when she's teething. We've joked about getting her a helmet but in the mean time, the pediatrician told us to #1 ignore it and #2 if she is actually hurting herself, move her to a safer place to head bang.... It seems to be disappearing more and more! Thanks for posting- glad to know we're not alone!

Stacy - posted on 02/01/2010

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OMG - I'm so glad to see my son is not the only one that does this. Alexander loves to bang his head on anything, but especially soft stuff like the couch, the netting in the play yard or the back of our leather headboard though he has been known to bang his head on walls. Sometimes he will even bang his head hard enough that he gets upset. When I tell him "no", he looks at me and continues. ....???

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i am so relieved to see someone else having this issue. My son was doing this whenever he got mad. I never witness any child just freak out like this so i thought something was wrong with my son. Whenever mad he would just kick his feet and slam his head on the ground and then look at me. He hasnt done it in awhile. I was also very afraid he would injure himself but ignoring him made it stop. Now he hits instead agh... So i pretend to cry and tell him thats not nice and he stops. I think our children like to test our limits and see what they can and cant do for attention.

Alexandra - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son dies it too! I hate it. It's so scary. I try to ignore it, but it's really hard sometimes. He also has been hitting himself when he wants attention or when I tell him not to hit me. Is that normal?

Briana - posted on 01/28/2010

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Mine does it too when he is really really tired, like falling down tired....

Ieasha - posted on 01/28/2010

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This is so crazy that your baby head bang, because my 15 month old baby girl does the same thing. The first time I saw her do it I thought something was wrong, but she knows how hard to bang her head she does it very lightly. is this the oct 2008 baby temper tantrum?

Claire - posted on 01/28/2010

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my older son did this... the doctors told me to simply ignore him!! he will soon learn that it doesnt get a response and will stop it himself. i know this sounds too simple... but believe me.... IT WORKS!!! zac was banging his head on the concrete floor until one day i just said... 'oh well.. you do that and i will be over here watching tv.' and i tell you what.... didnt take him long to stop!!

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Hi my 15 month old daughter is doing the same thing. She even bangs her head into people when she is angry. Mostly we ignore her so that she doesn't get attention for inappropriate behavior. My 14 year old son use to do the same at this stage off development. Good luck and I hope this stage passes quickly.

Brianna - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think if you pick him up and say no no and ow he will get it. I think its just a phase, mine did it for about 1 month and then I pretty much think he stopped because it hurt! Good luck~!

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Oh wow, it feels good to know I am not the only soul out her with the head banging! I have my son's check up this Friday and I was thinking maybe it could have been Autism..... now... I think it's probably normal... whew!!!! Thanks everyone!

Carrie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My 15 month old daughter has been doing this also, she smacks herself in her head and if that doesn't quite get our attention she bangs her head on the floor (we have wood floors) or on the side of her playpin. Sometimes we watch her out of the corner of eyes but try not to give her the attention she is looking for, and she stops it almost instantly. Good luck, they will grow out of this.

Arati - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son does the same thing when he doesn't get what he wants. I try changing his attention to something else and it works. they will grow out of it when they start talking and thus can communicate their frustrations in a better way. It's some conspiracy planned by all the 15 month old babies in FB! he he

Tammy - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son is 15 months also n has done it a couple of times but thankfully he's abit of a wimp lol n cried so hasn't done it again, but my brother used to do it so bad that my mum took him 2 the doctors n he said to not pay him n e attention at all, don't even look at him n within 2 wks my brother had stopped. he's now nearly 14 n as normal as a teenager can be lol x

Hannah - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hey, my daughter is 15mts. and does the SAME thing! She will even take her hands and just hit herself in the head. My husband laughs, so of course she does it more, I try not to laugh and try to stop her, I think she's learning cause and effect maybe???

Angie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Sharon,

Same here. My daughter does it when she can't get her way. I agree that it's just a frustration outlet as they still have much to learn about patience and managing their emotions. I'm sure they will grow out of it.

Stephanie - posted on 01/21/2010

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my daughter does this too. I think she is trying to get a reaction from us. I try to not pay attention to her as long as she is not putting herself in harm's way

Heidi - posted on 01/18/2010

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I knew someone who's child did that daily. He would do it when he wasn't even angry, it almost seemed like he enjoyed the shocked reactions of the people around him!!! He is now 13 y.o. and perfectly happy and healthy:-)

Tara - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hi Sharon, my 15 month old son does the same thing. He does it intentionally and it drives me crazy! He does it just because and when he throws a temper tantrum and it scares me as I don't want him to injure himself! I don't believe there is anything wrong however, I just hope he grows out of it!

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