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Head Banging (Overview)

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.


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Could a concussion be caused by head banging?

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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Head Banging (Overview)

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.


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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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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help now
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Try not to diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle--have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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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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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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household members with nix permethrin with dr approval
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Check every person with lice for nits (eggs) every day
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Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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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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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?

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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