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Autism Helmet Head Banging
What are methods to treat anxiety and physical tics such as handbitting and headbanging in adults with autism?
It can happen: Autistical adults can still demonstrate symptoms they in childhood. ...Read more
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
A 4 months: Old should be holding his head without head lagging unless ex-premie, then need to correct age. You would be more concerned about hydrocephalus and other developmental delays rather than autism. Need to see your pediatrician for complete exam and referral to specialist if indicated. ...Read more
Any significance of head circumference 19 percentile at birth and 89 percentile at 8 years? Child does have level 1 autism diagnosis.
Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more
My daughter is 1 and has started to throw herself back when angry I'm worried she might hurt her head I have a son with autism could she have autism?
Not uncommon/maybe: "Counter dependency" is that stage when your kid has started getting around on their own and want you nearby, but doesn't want you interfering in what they are doing. This behavior is not unusual, is seldom done without witnesses, and mostly when they are mad at you. It increases if it grabs your attention, and fades if ignored. This is not specific or predictive of autism. Any kid could be. ...Read more
Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more
10yo, nonverbal, autism. Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause? Nonewsoap
Food, drug or virus: Acute hives are hives lasting less than 6 weeks. Major causes are food allergies, drug allergies & reactions, & viral infections. Streptococcal tonsillitis causes about 10% of acute hives. Dr. Pizzo covered foods. Common medications causing hives: antibiotics & anti-inflammatory agents like Aspirin & ibuprofen. If no fever present try a daily antihistamine. Fexofenadine has no behavioral effects. ...Read more
My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism. Is this true?
Not really: Is your child doing this as a reaction to your face? Is your child doing this when you are not looking at him? This sounds like an interaction between you and your child so I do not think this is concerning. Is your child doing any other concerning behaviors? Is he fussy and irritable a lot? No eye contact or does not seem to be interested in people including you the parents? ...Read more
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
I wouldn't: 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. ...Read more
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
Assesment: Patient need full assesment may be neurological exam too. ...Read more
Who's doing it?: A child with a neurodevelopmental disorder may injure himself & needs a helmet, a functional behavioral assessment + intensive behavioral intervention &/or medication. A neurotypical child won't hurt himself; ignore the behavior by moving him to a safe time-out area without talking or eye contact; set timer for 1 min/yr of age when quiet. It'll increase, then go away if no attention is given. ...Read more
6m old babyboy oflate started head banging against sofa or wall.what could be reason?is it cause of concern
It's a normal event.....it's a lot like rocking...it actualy calms the baby! Speak with your Pediatrician to confirm this opinion which is mine only and from experience with my own kids (and they turned out just fine!!!!!
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No: Head banging is ok if it happens once in a while, if a baby is otherwise normally developing, and the baby outgrows it and doesn't do it later. Babies like to interact with their environment, which includes hitting things with the hands, kicking things with the feet, and banging things with the head. However, in a baby who behaves oddly in any other way, headbanging may be a serious problem. ...Read more
Head banging, as in to heavy metal music, or as in banging a head against a wall/floor?
In any case, anytime there is a rapid or sudden acceleration/deceleration of the head, there can be injury to the brain. This can at times lead to a concussion. However, generally concussion occurs after a significant injury to the head. ...Read more
My 6 month old baby boy started head banging against wall few days now.is it normal or what r all the reasons for this behavour?
Generally No: If your baby is otherwise healthy and developing normally, headbanging is either a " pacifier" mechanism or an expression of anger, a temper tantrum. In either case, it is best ignored. With an otherwise normal child, it is almost never a sign of a brain condition. Also, children who bang their heads do not cause any serious injury other than an occasional bruise. ...Read more
34 yo m w/ chronic neck pain/ headaches since 2000. I think that I hurt myself "head banging" at heavy metal concerts. Neck "popped." thoughts?
Bobbing not damaging: There is no evidence that head bobbing causes brain injury. Usually the deflections of the head on neck are not sufficiently forceful to cause a problem. ...Read more
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
It is often part: People with autism are frequently 'more sensitive' to many things. Direct eye contact is often perceived as 'too intense'. And thins make social interaction more difficult because direct eye contact is a part of communication and seen as a sign of respectfulness. This might be worth working on in a counseling relationship. Develop strategies that can help you to become more comfortable with it. ...Read more
Fluctuating hearing: Loss from chronic middle ear effusion does not impact a child's intent to communicate socially, nor to engage in reciprocal social interaction or pretend to play. See the m-chat on firstsigns. Org. A 12-month-old should point for desired objects; a 14-16 month-old should point to share interest & look at items to which parents point. Joint attention (shared interest) precedes social communication. ...Read more
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