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Can I Help My Headbanging Child Withot Headgear
Yes: The cool design of the kids head makes it pretty tolerant to the headbanging. Its done either to get attention, release frustration or as a self stimulating behavior.They go through it without brain damage&if it hurts enough at any point they quit. You can watch them out of peripheral vision & not provide them with the direct eye contact they are trying to get. Over time they grow out of this. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: It is extremely difficult to cause serious damage from headbanging other than bumps and bruise.To generate damaging force is difficult as the brains self protection mechanism generally workds subconsciously. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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