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Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Typical symptoms: Autism is a biochemical disorder and these symptoms are typical of a sick brain. You need to see a physician who has been trained by "defeat autism now". The headquarters of the organizaion is in san diego and they cangive you directions. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Hit head just above the ear child?

Hit head just above the ear child?

Look for Changes...: Look for changes in behavior. Children hit their heads often; most do very well after an accident. Crying in this case is good unless it is prolonged. Look for excessive sleepiness, vomiting, or change in mental status. If a bump (goose egg) is there and there is no bleeding, try a cold compress or sack of frozen peas. If vomiting does occur call your doctor or go directly to the er. ...Read more

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Does head banging cause glaucoma?

Does head banging cause glaucoma?

No: Trauma to the eye (directly) can cause glaucoma however. Also exercise can potentially lead to glaucomatous attacks in patients with underlying pigment dispersion syndrome. ...Read more

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Child w/epilepsy & heavy head feeling?

Child w/epilepsy & heavy head feeling?

See ans: I not sure I understand what you are asking but there is a postictel after a seizure. So at that time there are many symptoms and one may be the feeling of heaviness or cludinress. Now if the heaviness s everyday then this may be from the medications. Best to discuss with your doctor with a good history ...Read more

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Head jerking, and head popping?

Head jerking, and head popping?

Head Jerking: Jerking or tremor, is caused by many things , to include some medications or alcohol or illicit substances, parkinson's disease, neurologic problems, or simply essential tremor with aging. ...Read more

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9mos concussion, pcs. Hit head again 2mos ago. Evaluated neur/psych, ct/mri normal. Invasive desire to hit head. Dizzy when the feeling comes. Wtf?

9mos concussion, pcs. Hit head again 2mos ago. Evaluated neur/psych, ct/mri normal. Invasive desire to hit head. Dizzy when the feeling comes. Wtf?

Postconcussive: A postconcussive syndrome can bring about any other psychiatric syndrome including an impulse control disorder nos. Seen from this perspective, medicinally one might expect benefit from Hydroxyzine dosed as tolerated between 10 mg daily up to 25 mg PO qid. If you also have posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology, there is always the possibility of a self-directed anger coming back at you in the form of a repetition compulsion.Either way, psychotherapy along with medication would certainly be the way to go.Low-dose antipsychotic interventions are sometimes also helpful in such conditions but i would certainly give Hydroxyzine a trial run first if you were among my patient population. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Has my nephew's sloping forehead affected brain development?

Has my nephew's sloping forehead affected brain development?

Not likely: Most minor skull abnormaltiies have nothing to do with the brain underneath. Sometimes, an abnormal brain will cause the skull to develop abnormally. Also, some blood disorders cause abnormal growth of the forehead; if this were your nephew's case, sometimes the blood disorder can cause abnormal brain development. Ask his pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more

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Can you get concussion from banging head afgainst af door?

Can you get concussion from banging head afgainst af door?

Certainly: Any type of head trauma could cause a concussion, but please note, by definition, a concussion is loss of consciousness, loss or memory or a combination of both. Headache secondary to head impact does not qualify. However, maybe your head pain could respond to therapy. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Headphones and head lice?

Headphones and head lice?

Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died. ...Read more

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Head jerking and sniffing?

Head jerking and sniffing?

Possibly Tourette: Tourette syndrome is within the autistic spectrum. On the other hand it may be just a bad habit. If it is only that do not call any attention to it and it will stop. Even a "look" from others will keep it going. If other behavior symptoms develop, see a doctor. ...Read more

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6 month babyboy.sleeps less hand flapping attimes head banging last few days.shows toungueout when playing.rest normal.anglefreman syndrome?

6 month babyboy.sleeps less hand flapping attimes head banging last few days.shows toungueout when playing.rest normal.anglefreman syndrome?

Oh No!: If you are worried that your 6 month old may have Angelman's syndrome, pl rest in peace as most cases have significant developmental delays that your infant is not showing. The best thing would be to let your baby's pediatrician assess him during his 6 month visit. If your worries have started after a recent normal visit, the likelihood then would be even less. ...Read more

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Do head lice jump?

Do head lice jump?

No: They need to be transmitted physically from person to person. ...Read more

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Does hearing voices shouting in my head with ocd?

Does hearing voices shouting in my head with ocd?

If you are hearing: voices shouting in your head, OCD is not the diagnosis. It could be a sign of a psychosis or possible neurological disorder. Meet with a psychiatrist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Who Shakes Head?: The baby can't shake his head enough to cause damage. But if the baby is shaken by someone else there can be severe and fatal brain injury. Babies must not be shaken! ...Read more

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Who can treat my childs head banging and body rocking?

Who can treat my childs head banging and body rocking?

Depends: This maybe normal behavior, depending upon the age of your child, seen during temper tantrums. However, i would discuss the situation with your pediatrician to insure nothing else is underlying the behavior, especially if this is not a toddler.. ...Read more

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Autistic spectrum 8yr old girl shows myclonic jerking upper body only while awake on video eeg. Same as stereotpyies, autistic stim or flapping?

Autistic spectrum 8yr old girl shows myclonic jerking upper body only while awake on video eeg. Same as stereotpyies, autistic stim or flapping?

Tics? If all the : Studies were normal, remember that 11% of children with ASD have tics. The latest studies show that kids with adhd who develop tics on the stimulants methylphenidate (concerta) ; amphetamines usually have an underlying tic disorder, so the meds unmask tics rather than induce them. Compulsions? Maybe, but usually not myoclonic. Adding Intuniv for adhd may reduce them, if they are complex tics. ...Read more

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3 hours babysitting autistic kid. So i'm left wonderingcan headbanging lead to whiplash?

3 hours babysitting autistic kid. So i'm left wonderingcan headbanging lead to whiplash?

No: You are clearly a very concerned wonderful babysitter and i respect your question. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


Head Banging (Definition)

Head banging is an abnormal behavior- literally to hit head against a wall or another surface. Some children head bang as a ...Read more