how to stop a toddler headbanger?

Samantha - posted on 02/15/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am in need of some great advice! My 18 month old has a horrible temper. I could deal with screaming and throwing, but my poor lil man is a headbanger. Literally. When he is upset he bangs his head on the floor and our floors are as hard as concrete. Its like he can't feel it, he does it over and over! I try to catch him before he does it because obviously I don't want him to hurt himself but he is very quick about it. I just dunno wha to do. I have tried restraining him through the fit, holding him on my lap so he can't move much, tried distracting him, tried saying " no, we don't hurt ourselves"... I'm at a loss. I am thinking of getting a pack and play again and putting him in it for fits so he can't hurt himself anymore. What would you do? I just feel so bad.

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Tam - posted on 02/15/2012

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I'd definitely get some place that is isolated and safe from his efforts to hurt himself, first and foremost.



And then, I would contact the pediatrician. My daughter used to throw herself on the ground when she'd get upset, but the first time she did it after we installed our tile floor, she realized real quick that it was a pretty bad idea. Normally, the shock of pain is something that can get through to a person regardless of age. A 'natural' lesson, if you will.



Thing is, my daughter stopped the behavior that hurt - your boy doesnt. This might speak of a different disorder. I'm not sure of names, but there is one that is incredibly rare where and individual is incapable of feeling pain. Possibly get him evaluated for autism? From what I hear, that can show up gradually in a child's development.



It's also possible that he is incredibly stubborn and just getting pissed off that it hurts, and so expresses his displeasure by doing it more for lack of another outlet that satisfies him.



But a professional's opinion would be invaluable at this stage, as it seems like it has been going on for quite some time by the way your post is worded.

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Samantha - posted on 02/15/2012

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Thank you! That was where my thoughts were. I just feel so bad for him and wish I could do more. And he is very stubborn. In most areas. Toddlerhood is going to be a challenge with him. Hopefully he's doc will help too. Thanks again!

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