A 23-year-old female asked:
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23 yo m, no signs of aggression, autism, or other mental illness; what causes nighttime head bouncing, what helps? sleep not restful, have done since 4

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Dr. Shah Nawaz
34 years experience Psychiatry
Assesment: Patient need full assesment may be neurological exam too.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Head banging can : Occur in neurotypical infants & toddlers. Video it for his 2-year well-child check. The aap recommends ongoing developmental surveillance using standardized screening tests like the asq + the m-chat screening for autism at 18 & 24 mos. Or do them at www.Firstsigns.Org & take in the results. Check head growth, eardrums , etc. For sleep hygiene, see healthy children section of www.Aap.Org.
Answered on Jan 7, 2013

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