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Banging Head Constantly

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2007 at 9:04 PM
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I'll start out with saying my sons are 1 year and 2 weeks old.

I'm somewhat worried - Over the past week, maybe more, I've notice Dane banging his head repeatedly on the wall and with his sippy.

He'll sit there with his back (or front) to the wall and bang the back or front of his head over and over, no matter if we tell him to stop or move him away. He'll go right back and continue doing it. He's also started using his sippy and will hit himself in the head with it. He'll hit himself so hard that he'll start whining and crying. But yet he still keeps doing it.

I'm thinking it's nothing, but as a teacher with a background in psychology and spec ed, I'm worried that this could be the start of something, or be a warning sign of something.

I plan on calling the doctor tomorrow morning, but does anyone have any advice other than to try to get him to stop?

I wanted to add that he doesn't laugh when he does it, or doesn't seem to think it's funny.

by on Jul. 29, 2007 at 9:04 PM
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by on Jul. 29, 2007 at 9:08 PM
Does he do it when he is tired or all the time?

by on Jul. 29, 2007 at 9:14 PM

Quoting Twinkie76:

Does he do it when he is tired or all the time?

I haven't noticed it at any specific time.  He does it all throughout the day at any given time.  So I guess I don't see it more when he's tired.  It's just whenever.

by on Jul. 29, 2007 at 9:19 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about it, from what i have researched it is pretty common especially in boys for some reason. They usually grow out of it by 30 months. My oldest banged his head on the crib to fall asleep but he also grew out of it. If it seems concerning definately ask your doctor about it.

by Platinum Member on Jul. 29, 2007 at 9:26 PM
Have you noticed any other strange behaviors? If not I would just mention it to the doc and see what he says. Hopefully it's nothing. It's one of the warning signs of Autism but it would come with other strange behaviors. Delayed speech, regression, uncontrollable temper tantrums, little eye contact, rejection of physical contact  ect.. If you don't notice these maybe he's just getting frustrated and expressing it that way.


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by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:29 PM
I posted in my journal about what has been going on since if anyone could/would look at it and tell me what you think... I'd appreciate it so much!  TIA!

by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Quoting alm80:

i've heard from my dr that its normal and he'll grow out of it.  my daughter head butts us and i was concerned...until i found out that her dad was doing Indian kisses with rubbing the noses and she loves it.  now i'm most often ready for it.
just don't make such a big deal, it's when things are a big deal that they become problems.  i bet he'll stop soon if you just ignore it. good luck!

Thanks, but I guess you didn't read my post.  It's not something normal.

by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:38 PM
OH my gosh, I'm laughing, but not...because it's not funny, per se, however, my hubby did this until he was quite old--I want to say at least 10! (he would only do it as a form of relaxation, getting ready for bed) but he also as quirks of autism..but is a perfectly fine person, teacher, social, wouldn't think he is...I think we are all born with "quirks" of all forms of "labels" today..ADD, etc...unless severe and tons of symptoms, they are just "quirks".. ;) We would tease him all of the time about it..and he laughs about it now..he remembers doing it all the time and shared a bunk with his brother who would throw things down at him--he'd shake the whole bunk bed by slamming his head. ;) When I first heard the story, I just replied..."well, that explains a few things!" haha...

I'd mention it, but wouldn't worry about it.
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:46 PM
I'd talk to your doctor about this. My youngest son did this but it was only when he was sleepy. I talked to our doctor who ran test after test until we figured out that he was doing it to get attention because he was sleepy and was ready for someone to put him to bed. It's funny now that he is 12 but when he was little I worried constantly. Good luck.
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:47 PM
My son did the same thing when he was a babyand he has speech delay but the haven't diagnosed him yet with autism or pdd, he's only 4.
I would take him to a specialist , because I did the same thing , thinking it was just a phase, Its nothing to be scared about, just look into my son is soo smart and he's fine its just the speech problem. I sarted him early in preschool and it worked wonders for me !!!!

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by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:55 PM
OK so I know from my own son doing this how you feel.I didn't know what to do,I would move him from the wall I would tell him not to he would hurt himself,nothing worked.I was so stressed I kept thinking damn he's going to nock himself out.( he was the same age by the way)so finaly I told his doctor,this is crazy but he said ignore him he will stop when it hurts.I couldn't believe he said to do I did nothing (It was hard to do nothing) and eventually he did stop.It took awhile but he did stop.He is now 18 and perfectly fine.well except for the 18 part, HA,HA.....

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