Jessica - posted on 11/03/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 3-year-old son has been banging his head at night for as long as I can remember. He typically will sit up, and rock back and forth so that his head will bang into the headboard or the wall He does it up to 3 times a night, sometimes for an hour at a time!.
The Dr's kept telling me that he'll grow out of it. I try not to intervene (unless it's seems like it's going on for longer than normal) because I don't want him to use that as a method for trying to get out of going to sleep. But he's obviously not growing out of it any time soon.
Last night I went in his room because he had been banging for over an hour, and he was on all fours, smacking his head into the bed like a charging bull! I'm so worried that he's going to injure himself, or that this is a sign of a bigger problem. Has anyone else ever dealt with this? How can I help my son?
PS- It's not him doing it out of anger for having to go to bed or anything. It seems to be some sort of soothing mechanism for him. He's usually falling asleep when he's doing it. Unfortunately he still doesn't sleep through the night. So when he does wake up at night, he'll start banging to get himself back to sleep. Sometimes he'll hum along to the rhythm of his banging too. And it's LOUD when he does it. I was putting my older son on the bus one day, and I heard his banging from the bus stop 2 houses down! That's why I'm so concerned he might actually hurt himself :(