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What can I do about my child purposely banging his/her head?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
31 years experience in Pediatrics
Soothing: There are some children who bang there heads repetitively as a way of self-soothing or comforting, often before falling asleep or when upset. The best things to do are to try to remain calm, move the child to a place where he/she won't hurt himself, try some gentle distraction or "ignore" the behavior. If the behavior seems excessive, consult your pediatrician.
Answered on Apr 8, 2011

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