Head Banging

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Head Banging

...and not just cause she's a rocker chick. Wink

So Maia is banging her head against the floor, or our shoulders, or the back of the couch if she doesn't get her way with something. Is this a normal behavior? I don't like it. I don't want her to do it. She only does it when she's really frustrated, so it's not even every day, but often enough to be a concern. We tell her to stop it but the next time she doesn't get something she wants (like my cell phone) there she goes... and we have hardwood floors... :eek:

I read up on it on this website and it made me feel somewhat better (especially since she isn't exhibiting a lack of pointing or social interaction to go along with the banging), but still. This weekend we even tried to ignore it thinking maybe we were giving it too much attention and that was causing her to do it more.

Is Maia the only one??

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haven't seen jade do this but hoping it's the nothing part for maia. i've known kids that do it as a way of getting attention when they are not happy with something and that's all it was. when's her next ped check? maybe mention it just so that doc knows? kup.

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I think it can be a pretty 'normal' frustration behaviour when it accompanies other tantrum-like things...

I think it would be more worrying if she did it just randomly when she was off playing quietly by herself somewhere - then it would fit more in the 'stimulation' behaviour seen in children with sensory/social disorders.

No advice to get her to stop though... likely she'll grow out of it?? And for your sake, I hope it's soon!!

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Annabelle does it in moments of extreme frustration ... accompanied by a full on tantrum. I do just try and ignore it, as long as she is safe, ie only against soft surfaces.

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Not so much banging, but Spark'll THROW herself back to the floor, even from standing sometimes, when she doesn't get her way. Her head hits the floor and it's just more reason for her to cry!! I know your frustrations. All we can do is try to catch her, put something between her head and the floor super fast if we can... things like that. This stage of tantrums is hard!

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Alison doesn't head bang but will hit whatever she can reach at the moment she is mad. Whether it be the couch or the patio door...she will just smack it and yell!

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My son was a head banger. Katie hasn't done it yet, but she's a biter instead... so perhaps she won't be a head banger too... Supposedly I did it as a baby as well, and I turned out pretty normal Lol I don't remember what we did with our son, I think we might have just said "no" and moved him to somewhere soft - although it's easier since we have carpet everywhere except the kitchen and bathrooms.

Hang in there - I hope the phase passes quickly!

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David used to do it a little, but that was a few months ago and he's stopped.

Rachel will definitely head bang when she is frustrated. When she has a tantrum her preferred method is to smack/pinch/bite whoever is close, then she'll arch her back to flop on the floor, roll over and head bang the floor. She likes to go all out when she tantrums, lol.

I've really not been concerned by it. Occasionally she'll hit her head harder than she expected and will cry over that. I usually ignore it or try to distract her and it's all good. But, she does do it during all tantrums.

My little brother used to head bang ALL THE TIME, even to get himself to fall asleep. I wouldn't say he's 100% normal, but that's just cos he's my brother. Wink It hasn't caused any problems.

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I think it's pretty normal. I was concerned that Julia kept shaking her head back and forth at her nine month appointment. The doctor assured me it was normal, and said that if she started head banging that that was normal too! It sounds like a lot of our little ones, mine included, are starting their terrible twos early!

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Phew! Thanks, ladies! I wasn't sure at all what was up but I guess it's just part of tantrum behavior. She only does it when she's really frustrated so I guess the trick is to try to anticipate what's up and not let her get so upset. (Easier said than done, I think!!)