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Issues with 17mo son

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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My son for a while now has been hurting himself by punching/slapping himself, biting himself, banging his head, etc. If you don't stop him he literally does it until he's bleeding, we've dealt with repeated bloody noses, bruises, and fat bloody lips. Our daughter went through a phase where she would bang her head for attention but it was nothing like this and the first time she actually hurt herself she stopped doing it. With him it doesn't even seem like its for attention because even if you try to stop and comfort him he keeps trying to continue doing it. Now the past week he has started to vomit randomly throughout the day and seems to be doing it by choice, he's not sick and shows no symptoms of being sick. He will sit down and eat lunch just fine but then later that night vomit. This morning he threw up, ate breakfast and lunch fine, and during dinner vomited again, ate a bedtime snack fine, and went to bed. It seems like he's making himself vomit and I don't understand why. He honest to god does not seem to be doing it for attention, when he threw up during dinner today he was sitting on my lap with me talking to him. He also seems to show a real dislike to busy situations such as loud places or places with too many people or just too many things going on and he becomes inconsolable in such situations. I'm just at a loss right now at what to do and how to make things better for him. We are talking about bringing him to his doctor to see if he has any advice but before we do that I was wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this? Thank you.
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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Xavomar
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I, personally, haven't experienced that situation as bad. I have caught my 2 1/2 yr old do it a couple times but when I call his attention he stops... I would truest recommend taking him to the doctor or a specialist, it sounds pretty bad especially the fact that he keeps doing it... By chance does he go to daycare? He may have learned there or something he tv he may have seen... Just a thought
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louzannalady
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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Please have him tested for autism or sensory processing problems. It sounds like he is getting oversimulated in crowds, like he may be stimming with the self harm, and I am not certain about vomitting. *hug*
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SouthTxPrincess
by Silver Member on Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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I agree with this!


Quoting louzannalady:

Please have him tested for autism or sensory processing problems. It sounds like he is getting oversimulated in crowds, like he may be stimming with the self harm, and I am not certain about vomitting. *hug*

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raczac
by Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:11 AM

I agree with this.

Quoting louzannalady:

Please have him tested for autism or sensory processing problems. It sounds like he is getting oversimulated in crowds, like he may be stimming with the self harm, and I am not certain about vomitting. *hug*


MotherRachelle
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM
I was wondering if it could be autism or sensory but I really didn't want to jump to that conclusion and I don't want to be over exaggerating it. Its just really starting to worry my and dealing with its starting to really take a toll on me. He's not in daycare, I was a stay at home mom until he was 8months and now my husband, his dad, watches him when I'm at work since he works a part time shift opposite of my work schedule.
bbmkfo03
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

 

Quoting MotherRachelle:

I was wondering if it could be autism or sensory but I really didn't want to jump to that conclusion and I don't want to be over exaggerating it. Its just really starting to worry my and dealing with its starting to really take a toll on me. He's not in daycare, I was a stay at home mom until he was 8months and now my husband, his dad, watches him when I'm at work since he works a part time shift opposite of my work schedule.

 I would definitely start by taking him to the doctor, it could just be a phase but it's better to get it checked out sooner rather than later. I hope you get some answers, good luck!

MotherRachelle
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 9:34 PM
well he's officially going in to the doctor tomorrow. Thank you ladies.
Bieg9093
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM

 

Quoting MotherRachelle:

well he's officially going in to the doctor tomorrow. Thank you ladies.

 Don't let the doc blow off your concerns.  It's pretty common for them to tell you stuff is normal the first time you tell them stuff and then months later when you report it's still happening, then maybe they'll do tests and/or make referrals.  Make sure s/he knows you mean business.  Good Luck!

mandiNthomas
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM
Definitely get early intervention involved..my son did and still does dangerous things he has a very high pain tolerance and he broke his wrist and didn't even flinch didn't cry nothing mother's intuition I took him to get an xray cus his arm gave out and it was broke..good luck definitely tell ur pediatrician!!
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orngblsm
by Member on Apr. 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM

He sounds like he is autistic.  My youngest son is autistic and, at 14, still doesn't like crowds of people, and loud noises can send him into total meltdown mode.  My son was never into self-harming, but there were other kids in his classes that were, the same thing banging their heads on the floor or furniture, self-biting, etc.  There are therapies for that to teach appropriate methods of self-soothing.  As soon as you can, have him evaluated by a developmental pediatrician.  The earlier the diagnosis and the intervention, the better the outcome.

Quoting MotherRachelle:

I was wondering if it could be autism or sensory but I really didn't want to jump to that conclusion and I don't want to be over exaggerating it. Its just really starting to worry my and dealing with its starting to really take a toll on me. He's not in daycare, I was a stay at home mom until he was 8months and now my husband, his dad, watches him when I'm at work since he works a part time shift opposite of my work schedule.


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