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A 28-year-old female asked about a male:

My 1yr old bangs his head(sometimes hard) on crib, walls, and he head butts not bc he's having a tantrum but bc he just likes to do it. is this normal?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Attention seekers!: He must have learned that this gets him attention. Try to divert his attention to something else that is fun and he will forget this behavior. At this age they love to get attention and whether it is negative or positive attention, they will continue with it. So if their focus is diverted to something else that is fun for them, they will soon forget the unwanted behavior.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some just do this to self soothe. It passes if you ignore it and does not cause brain damage.
Apr 18, 2014

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