My two-year old is acting out....by hurting himself

Sabrina - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son slams his head on the floor when he doesn't get his way...what should i do? We're taking him to the doctors on the 20th but I would still like some insight....As anyone ever heard of this happening before?

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Rachel - posted on 11/25/2010

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I think when kids do this at that age, it just means they are frustrated and possibly dont have a way to express what they are feeling or even they are having a tantrum. i know there can be in some cases deeper problems that relate to disorders but iin lots of cases its just the child trying to work strong emotions out within themselves. My son likes to hit his head with his hand. I know he does this when he is frustrated and he wants to get my attention. This is a way he is saying he is not happy and feels overwhelmed. I hope everything blows over and he will soon outgrow that stage for you.

Sheri - posted on 09/24/2010

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I know it sounds bad, but the doctor told me that when my daughter starting biting her own arms out of throwing a tantrum to either distract her or completely ignore the action altogether. By showing concern/anger/fear/or any other reaction you are giving them what they are looking for and teaching them that by doing this they will get what they want. If you ignore the action altogether then they will soon realize that this is not working and will either try something else or move on.

Ashley - posted on 05/28/2010

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my brother did that stuff when he was little (age 14 now) he would get mad and bang his head into the corners of the wall and on the floor, my mom just tried to hold him still so he wouldnt hurt himself, or TRY to distract him with the t.v. or a game...

Christian - posted on 05/12/2010

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my daughter did that for two days, one day she banged her head on the wrong surface and never did it again. not a great solution. I agree with Kelly, he might be doing it to get attention.

Kamf2010 - posted on 02/05/2010

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You know your son best. He may be doing it for attention, chucking a tantrum and has taught himself a bit of a bad habit. My friend's toddler used to push his forhead along the ground sometimes and this is believed to be due to slight autism. You know your son best, follwo your instincts.

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