My two year old is rubbing his head on EVERYTHING how can I get him to stop

Bobbye - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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He has been rubbing his head on EVERYTHING and now he has a large scab on his head and he won't stop doing it. We have tried talking to him, showing him, everything!! We don't know what to do because he won't stop and we are starting to get worried. Please help us!!

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Ste - posted on 12/02/2012

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Hi bobbye. Sorry to bring this thread up again it has been a while since it was last posted in. My little boy who is 2 1/2 is also rubbing his head on everything i was wondering if your little boy grew out of it?

Veronica - posted on 05/26/2010

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if he starts up again i would just take him to a doctor it could be nothing just a phase or maybe he is doing it for a different reason idk but i would definatly take him to a doctor if he starts up agin....

Bobbye - posted on 05/26/2010

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He hasn't done it in a few days so I am hoping that he is done doing it!! I just hate the scab on his forehead it looks like he biffed it head first into the cement!!

Jolyn - posted on 05/26/2010

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I think that it probably started with him thinking "oh this feels cool" but now he is probably doing it because the scab is itching. You might try putting some neosporin on it 2-3 times a day and maybe even some cortizone cream to stop the itching. Just a thought but wouldn't hurt to try. My son used to hit himself in the head when he got upset it tore me apart but thankfully it was just a phase. Good luck!!

Bobbye - posted on 05/26/2010

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He isn't doing it because he is confused or anything. We will be playing with him and he does it while he is laughing and having fun and that is the only time he does it really.

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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my son scratches is head when hes confused or not getting wawt he wants. but not to where he has scabs or anything.

Cheryl - posted on 05/26/2010

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have you tryed seeing someone about it? it maybe that hes doing it as a comfort for worry or even being stressed about certain situations if he cant comunicate very well he might have lernt him self away of self comforting when hes unsure and cant tell u whats wrong. some kids get frustrated and angry others become with drawn an some adapt to ways of comforting them selves. but i would strongly recomend you speak to a proffesional maybe a gp because he is hurting him self by doing it and if its a learnt behaviour time outs and dissaplining him he wont respond to he will switch off completely an continue comforting him self the way he does x

Bobbye - posted on 05/24/2010

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He doesn't talk well enough for him to tell us why he is doing this. And he doesn't have sensitive skin or allergies so we are at a loss. We have tried time outs before as well to try and deter him. The only thing that we can think is that it feels "cool" to him when he rubs his head. But his biological mother likes to yell at ME when ever he is hurt and asks me what I did to him. And I don't do anything to him :[ If there is ANYONE out there who had this problem please help me I don't know what to do!! The scab keeps getting bigger and bigger and he won't stop!! It's starting to worry his father and I.

Cheryl - posted on 05/23/2010

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my 6 yr old daugter use to do this and after bein very confuised started to monitor what she uses and change things with purfumes in. we found out that it was eczema and even tho she didnt have any obvious signs of dry skin or scabs etc her skin was very sensitive to everything, sand,bark,washing powder, shampoo, conditioners,soap etc u get the point try looking at what soaps an toiletries u buy c if they have perfumes added to them.. the best way to monitor this is change 1 thing at a time give it a wk without the product an if not carry on its a long an frustrating prosess but we now use 1 soap powder for her an all products r perfume free hope this helps he could b sensitive to his shampoo or soaps x

Amber - posted on 05/22/2010

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hmm strange, maybe his head itches? has he told you why he's doing it? Well what I wuld do is just say no and take him away, and see if that works?If not you could tell him he has to go in time out if he keeps doing it, since its hurting him. Good luck!! :)

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