Not sure if it is just a phase

Lea - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 18 month old son wants to be picked up all the time and cries or hits him self in the head if he doesnt get his way... Help


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Samantha - posted on 04/30/2010




my son hits himself too! most of the time hes trying to be funny, he likes to box!! and he thinks its hilarious to pretend beat himself up!! lol! but it is just a phase, and he will grow out of it eventually!

Victoria - posted on 04/13/2010




my son throws himself on the floor and bangs his head i heard its just a faze

Louise - posted on 04/13/2010




Hitting himself is a form of frustration for not getting his own way. The easiest way for your child to communicate with you is by hitting himself as that gets your attention straight away. By the sounds of things he is feeling a bit insecure at the moment wanting your full attention. Has anything at home changed or have you altered his routine? This can get sufficating so try and make him wait a few minutes before you drop everything to pick him up. If you are in the kitchen put him in a high chair with paper and chunky crayons to play with. He will be able to see you whilst you prepare dinner or something and he will also be confined to his chair whilst you move around freely with the distraction of his crayons. My daughter loves her crayons and will sit happily drawing for an hour. When you have done what you wanted to do praise him and give him your full attention for 10 minutes. He will learn the response that he gets rewarded for letting you do your jobs and has fun too! Good Luck!

Renae - posted on 04/10/2010




is this at random times or could you find a pattern? My 18 mo old does that but usually only if she is tired or hungry. The hitting is pretty normal, called self stimulating.

That age is just learning that they are separate from you and while they are intoxicated by the freedom it brings it is frightening as well. I would say it is just a phase. I have raised lots of kids and most of them regress some before reaching a new milestone. Give him as much attention as you can and cherish his babyhood- they grow up so fast!

August - posted on 04/10/2010




Hmmm.... Try sayin mommy needs to finish this real quick, give me a minute and I will give u some time. My son started that and I would say Drake if you want ur 30 minutes u have to let me finish this if u dont then I cant give u ur time. I dont know if it will work. I will try to think of something

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