A member asked:

13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. should i be worried about autism? she plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Head banging is one of the many amplifications of crying used to get your attention. It works well with some and self perpetuates.If you monitor the fit with peripheral vision and wait until it stops before looking directly at or interacting with the kid, it will often stop.This is common in preverbal toddlers. Reward the kid with more attention after they stop a fit than during to end this.

Answered Sep 15, 2017


Dr. Carlos Barrios answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

At two years old a better assessment of speech vocabulary can be made as well as a better idea of social interactions. For now would monitor closely and access her pediatrician to make sure she does not hurt herself and rule out any medical cause for her irritability.

Answered Sep 15, 2017



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