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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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Dr. Chirag Patel
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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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Is it possible to injure your brain, like a DAI, by rapidly moving your head up and down but with no impact? I was headbanging ironically.

Is it possible to injure your brain, like a DAI, by rapidly moving your head up and down but with no impact?  I was headbanging ironically.

Yes. Mild TBI.: Many factors are involved in injuring your brain such as DAI (diffuse axonal injury). Many injuries to the head are closed injuries such as TBI (traumatic brain injury) which occurs with velocity moving of the brain within the skull. Spinal fluid functions to protect and absorb many of the movements and activities that stress the brain. If you have symptoms it would be advised to get evaluated ...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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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 an injury from head banging?

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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Head Banging (Definition)

Head banging is surprisingly common among toddlers. Possible causes include being in pain, seeking attention, frustration, ...Read more