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Head Banging (Overview)

Head banging is surprisingly common among toddlers. Possible causes include being in pain, seeking attention, frustration, or a developmental problem.


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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 surprisingly common among toddlers. Possible causes include being in pain, seeking attention, frustration, or a developmental problem.


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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
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Check every person with lice for nits (eggs) every day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
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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