My son is 2 and has been hitting his head for a year. Please help.

Jackie - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son has been hitting his head for a year everytime he is in trouble or if anyone raises their voice. Sometimes it even seems like he is doing it just because. I don't know what to do. He has made several bruises on his forhead. I have talked to several doctors and they tell me to pick him up and firmly tell him "NO" and remove him from the situation but it doesn't seem to work. What should I do??? Please help.


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Cody - posted on 07/27/2011




let him do it when he hurts himself enough he will stop. it took my son hitting himself with a dog's chew bone to stop.

Katherine - posted on 02/03/2010




Umm have you had him tested for autism? That is one of the behaviors and so is hypersensitivity to sound. Please don't kill the messenger :/

Jody - posted on 02/03/2010




Arrrrgh! Isn't it horrible!!! My son does this too. He is now 20 months and has been doing it for a while now. He doesn't do it that hard though. He just sort of smacks himself while he looks right at us. I never see him do it unless he knows we are watching. I go back and forth between thinking (like Dana said) we should ignore him or tell him to stop. Tough one. He is definitely looking for a reaction, but also he is trying to say something at the same time and not able to use language yet to express it. So, there is a level to which we ask him to "use your words to tell us what you want" or "you won't get what you want by acting like that...or by hitting yourself" and also, "oh, don't hit my little sweety, I love him too much".
The main issue now is that he is starting to hit dad and I. Just these little hits to tell us he's frustrated...but geeez is it hard being a parent. Where can we get a manual? Ebay? Sheesh.

Dana - posted on 02/03/2010




HI Jackie! My name is Dana. I have 3 kids. My oldest who is 8 did that when he was 2. He would hit it so hard we thought he was going to knock himself out!! Finally a doctor suggested ignoring him when he does it. We tried it and he eventually stopped doing it. I hope that helps.

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