One year old daughter who bangs her head on tile floor!

Nadine - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We live in a house that has tile floor only and when my daughter doesn't get her way she will throw a huge temper tantrum and she likes to bang her head on the tile floor. Well just yesterday she decided to throw one of those temper tantrums and well she smashed her face right in the floor and well come to find out she chipped the corner of her front tooth. Im a new mom and I have another daughter on the way and I don't know what I should do about it. If you know of any way that I can break her from banging her head please let me know. Thanks

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Nadine - posted on 10/19/2009

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Thank you all for the advise you gave me, Im going to try it all and hopefully something will help. It just drives me crazy when she does it and I can't get her to stop for nothing. But thanks again I really appreciate it!

Carrie - posted on 10/19/2009

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First off all talk to your doctor about autism. If this is something that lines up with other symptoms. My son has and is doing it when he's mad, I've talked to my doctor and he said as long as he's not hurting himself it's ok, in your case she is so I don't know. He also suggested of there is a certain spot he hits everytime, put some padding there, or if she starts throwing a fit give her a pillow. Those things I've tried, see if that helps as well as talking to your doctor about what he suggests.

Porscha - posted on 10/19/2009

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I don't know how to stop her banging her head, I'd work on stopping the tantrums instead...that will make your life more plesant too :)

If you know the things that usually trigger her tantrums then maybe you could distract her before she starts...example: she asks for a biscuit & you say no, you can't have one right now, then before she has a chance to start a tantrum you could say 'come on, lets go see if there are any birds outside' (anything that will distract her and get her away from whatever she wants but can't have). You could also change the way you answer her too, like rather than saying 'no you can't have a biscuit' you could say something like 'you cant have a biscuit now but you can have one after you have your lunch/dinner/sleep'...I'm sure you get what I mean :)



Until she stops having tantrums maybe move her to somewhere soft while she is having one so she doesn't chip anymore teeth...in her cot or something maybe.



Oh, one more thing, my daughter used to love having tantrums when we were out shopping so as soon as she started I would give her a cuddle and quietly sing a song in her ear, she'd forget about the tantrum and start singing along :) It was a really easy way to stop the tantrum (tho it didn't always work), and very few people actually realised what I was doing, they just thought I was giving her a cuddle.



Good luck, hope your daughter grows out of this stage very quickly...and doesn't hurt herself on those tiles again :)

Barbie-lynn - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting nadine:

One year old daughter who bangs her head on tile floor!

We live in a house that has tile floor only and when my daughter doesn't get her way she will throw a huge temper tantrum and she likes to bang her head on the tile floor. Well just yesterday she decided to throw one of those temper tantrums and well she smashed her face right in the floor and well come to find out she chipped the corner of her front tooth. Im a new mom and I have another daughter on the way and I don't know what I should do about it. If you know of any way that I can break her from banging her head please let me know. Thanks



Nadine.
I'm not sure if this will help you in your case but it has helped numerous friends of mine in the same situations.. b/c she is so small she very well could do lots of damage not only to her face and teeth but to her brains development too.. In cases like this which is common, when a fit is happening dont just let her flop and freak out get on top of her and force her ( not hurting her) to the ground and keep all her body parts especially her head on the ground so she is unable to smash it.. This tactic will teach her that you are not ignoring her and that you are there for her, this kind of temper tantrum is unacceptable and the only way you can really teach them at such a young age is to reinforce that you mean bizness.. you may have to repeat this many times b4 she really gets it but its better now than after she does serious damage or after your second child is here when you wont have so much time... It will only get worse ifyou dont do anything about it.. make sure you coddle her and keep telling her you love her when you are holding her down, it will make her feel LOVED and reward her good behaviours ...kids love rewards just most dont get them for things they have done good.. TTYVS BARBIE mother of 3 almost 4

Christine - posted on 10/19/2009

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My son did this (and once and a while still does)...he bangs his head against the wall. As far as I can tell, he does it for reaction, and he thinks it is hilarious. He also used to think it was funny to hit himself in the face. No idea where he got it. For the face hitting thing, everytime we saw him hit his face, we told him to clap his hands. He did and that slowly faded. When he bangs his head against something I pick him up firmly say no, remove him from wherever he is and place him somewhere else to play. I'm sorry to hear about her poor little tooth. For my son, I know it was just a phase, and it did pass (for the most part). Try removing her from the situation and engage her in something else. Caleb's tantrums come and go very quickly, especially if you lead him to do something else.

Barbie-lynn - posted on 10/19/2009

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Nadine.

I'm not sure if this will help you in your case but it has helped numerous friends of mine in the same situations.. b/c she is so small she very well could do lots of damage not only to her face and teeth but to her brains development too.. In cases like this which is common, when a fit is happening dont just let her flop and freak out get on top of her and force her ( not hurting her) to the ground and keep all her body parts especially her head on the ground so she is unable to smash it.. This tactic will teach her that you are not ignoring her and that you are there for her, this kind of temper tantrum is unacceptable and the only way you can really teach them at such a young age is to reinforce that you mean bizness.. you may have to repeat this many times b4 she really gets it but its better now than after she does serious damage or after your second child is here when you wont have so much time... It will only get worse ifyou dont do anything about it.. make sure you coddle her and keep telling her you love her when you are holding her down, it will make her feel LOVED and reward her good behaviours ...kids love rewards just most dont get them for things they have done good.. TTYVS BARBIE mother of 3 almost 4

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