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What is the definition or description of: Head banging?

What is the definition or description of: Head banging?

Head banging: Head banging is an abnormal behavior- literally to hit head against a wall or another surface. Some children head bang as a form of self stimulation. ...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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Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

See below: This is a behavioral disorder. It is possible that an autistic child shows some of this symptoms, but they are not exclusive to autism. Please talk to child psychiatrist or psychologist to investigate further. ...Read more

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Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

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

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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?

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

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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

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

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10yo, nonverbal, autism.Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause?Nonewsoap

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

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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...Read more

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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

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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

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

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

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

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What can result from head banging at bedtime at the age of 16?

What can result from head banging at bedtime at the age of 16?

See below: Head banging does not usually case any problems. However, this is a highly unusual behavior in a sixteen year old. Your child should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My neck hurts from head banging. What can I do?

My neck hurts from head banging. What can I do?

Stop head banging: The obvious answer is stop banging your head.If you have a problem therapy like learning self hypnosis or behavior therapy can help. ...Read more

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6m old babyboy oflate started head banging against sofa or wall.what could be reason?is it cause of concern

6m old babyboy oflate started head banging against sofa or wall.what could be reason?is it cause of concern

Normal: Its a normal event.....its 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!!!!!

Hope this helps !

Dr Z ...Read more

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Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

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 of a brain condition. Also children who bang their heads do not cause any serious injury other than an occasional bruise. ...Read more

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How can I treat an injury from head banging?

See below: The first treatment is to stop head banging. If there is a muscle or nerve damage from the repetitive nature of this action this will give the tissues time to recover. If there is injury inside the skull, that is to the brain, that is nearly impossible to treat. ...Read more

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Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

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

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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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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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Could a concussion be caused by head banging?

Possibly: 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

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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?

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?

Head banging: Your child's hedbanging may be due to the onset of teething. He is trying to comfort himself. A frozen or cold teething ring might be helpful for him to suck on ...Read more

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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?

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?

Degeneration: May be related to chronic disc degeneration or early arthritis in the neck. You should see a spine md for an evaluation. This can be a physiatrist or spine surgeon- orthopedic spine or neurosurgeon. Most often this is effectively treated nonoperatively. ...Read more

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How can I treat a head banging?

How can I treat a head banging?

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

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What to do if i know head banging can cause brain damage but what about head bobbing?

What to do if i know head banging can cause brain damage but what about head bobbing?

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

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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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Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Could be normal: As they say, there are no "pathognomic signs" -- nothing which definitively establishes that a person has this or that disorder. So it could be normal; it could be not normal but not autism; or it could conceivably be autism. However, it would be unwise to be concerned that avoiding eye contact alone, as an isolated feature, points to autism, when it may be, as you suggest, nothing. ...Read more

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Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Both can: Since asperger's syndrome was a disorder on the autistic spectrum (no longer in the diagnostic manual), both disorders can have similar presentations. The difference lies in severity and impairment. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 doctors shared insights

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