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Banging In Head
Depends: You don't necessarily have to do anything. If you experience severe headache, visual changes, dizziness or there's a change in memory or thought process, you may have a concussion. See your doctor in that case. Depending on your other medical conditions or if you're taking certain meds, your doctor will guide you as to the next steps. ...Read more
Possible concussion: Sxs: + or – loss of consciousness, headache / pressure, can't recall event, dizziness, v coordination, ringing in ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea / vomiting & fatigue. For concussion seek medical care. Seek urgent treatment for loss of consciousness, on-going confusion, seizures, unequal pupils, recurrent vomiting, change in level of consciousness, loss of balance or difficulty walking. ...Read more
Ouch.: Symptoms of a concussion can include: headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, weakness, feeling dazed, numbness, lack of coordination, problems with short term memory, dizziness as well as repeating things over and over. You can develop a concussion with or without loss of consciousness. For concussion sxs get medical eval. Acetominophen /nsaid's can help with pain. ...Read more
To sooth himself: Head banging is a rhythmic movement that soothes the child. Replacing another rhythmic movement like beating on a toy drum, clapping with music, dancing, riding a rocking horse could help. Be sure the environment is safe, they outgrow it by time. There are a few exceptions of children with cerebral palsy, autism or Down syndrome which may last long. ...Read more
Possibly: Head banging issometimes a foreruuner of more serious things to come later. See your pediatrician. ...Read more
Why does my son bang his head and should I be concerned. Sometimes he hurts himself when doing it. Wat do I do to get him to stop?
Positive ignoring: Head banging is just an amplification of early infant fussing. It peaks in preverbal years. I've never heard or seen a head banger with a real head injury. This likely caught on when he noticed it grabbed your attention. If you ignore it (don't lock eyes), watching him out of peripheral vision, for safety, it should fade over time. Teaching some sign language may help with the frustration. ...Read more
Don't really know: Fortunately, head banging is fairly rare even among children with autism, but it does occur and can be a serious health risk, possibly causing blindness and even death. People have speculated that they are trying to "raise endorphins" and even tried treatin by blocking endorphin responses, but that doesn't explain why. Behavioral techniques usually effecting in stopping; meds needed sometimes. ...Read more
Nothing: Infants and toddlers bang their head against things testing out new sensations. Obviously it can hurt so after doing this long enough they will stop. Having said this some head banging can be part of some psychological issues in the child (older). Talk with your pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more
Banged my head pretty hard 20mins ago. No pain just some stinging and things are kind of fuzzy. Not sure what I should do?
Get evaluated: If you don't feel perfectly normal within an hour or so please get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
I banged my head really hard 2 days ago and I still feel a pain full pressure on the front of my head what could it be and what should I do? Help.
Concussion: I'd call your medical doctor for eval. ...Read more
Probably not: Did you knock yourself out? Is there just a bump or did you open the skin and there is bleeding? Are you fully conscious and aware of things and is there no problem with your thinking? Use these as guidelines as to whether an er should be consulted. ...Read more
Yes: He may be doing it related to pain but usually is behavioral and related to experiencing some type of emotion like frustration or anger. The frustration may be from not being able to communicate his needs. In the short term you should safely protect him. This may mean holding him in your lap or lying next to him on the floor. Allow little room for movement and try deep pressure which can calm. ...Read more
If my 2 year old daughter banged her head, and now one day later she has been sick, what should I do?
ER visit: Since you don't mention he r illness take her to the er to rule out a closed head injury. ...Read more
I feel off a chair and banged my head in the table on my way down. I have a but of a headache. Will I be ok?
I banged my head quite hard on a kitchen cupboard on thursday and still have a headache. Should I be worried?
I fell off my step ladder and banged my head hard on the floor. Now the right side of my neck hurts. What is the problem?
My son bangs his head since newborn now he's almost 4 and he still bangs his head. He functions normal otherwise please help?
Temper tantrum: Most of the time children persist in head banging (or other temper tantrums) because it works for them- it gets them what they want. Stop responding to the head banging! Walk away and don't give in to the behavior. When he calms down and speaks appropriately, then give him your attention (but don't give him what he wanted). When he finds out it doesn't work, he'll stop banging his head. ...Read more
My son is 3 years old, he been banging his head since he was a baby and they told me he would outgrow it he bangs when he sleeps?
I had mild concussion 3 months ago. Today I banged my head pretty hard on a steering with detailin a car. Should I worry about anything?
My 3 year old banged his head pretty bad at nursery over a year ago but still has large bump and keeps banging it. Today he has cut it bigger bump?
Head trauma in the active toddler is very common as is recurrent bruising in roughly the same area. As he gets older he will stop falling and the bump will go away. You
mentioned a cut in the recent fall. Keep it clean, but if the skin is split widely the you may need to seek care for it
After any trauma watch for any strange behavior, or lack of limb movement to see if Med care is needed ...Read more
My son recently went on a hunting trip and banged his head really badly. Immediately he received a large soft squishy lump and very bad black and blue mark that is just now starting to fade. The lump is still there however it it now hard. He is complainin
That can help with: Pain do you have any other symptoms? You can have a concussion with or without loss of consciousness. Possible symptoms include: headache/ pressure of head, inability to recall what happened, dizziness, decreased coordination, ringing in the ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea or vomiting & extreme fatigue. If you believe you have a concussion please seek medical care. Seek emergency care >. ...Read more
My 15 month old bangs his head on his mattress every night to go to sleep. Why might he be doing this?
Self stimulation: This is a common transient thing in some kids. It is similar to thumbsucking as a seld settling practice. They rarely hurt anything in the process and it usually fades over time. I would just monitor it until it fades. It doesn't mean he's crazy or you did anything wrong. It's just a phaze. ...Read more