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Why Do Autistic Kids Bang Their Heads
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
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any significance of head circumference 19 percentile at birth and 89 percentile at 8 years? Child does have level 1 autism diagnosis.
10yo, nonverbal, autism.Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause?Nonewsoap
Food, drug or virus: Acute hives are hives lasting less than 6 weeks. Major causes are food allergies, drug allergies & reactions, & viral infections. Streptococcal tonsillitis causes about 10% of acute hives. Dr. Pizzo covered foods. Common medications causing hives: antibiotics & anti-inflammatory agents like Aspirin & ibuprofen. If no fever present try a daily antihistamine. Fexofenadine has no behavioral effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should i be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac
I wouldn't: Head banging is one of the many amplifications of crying used to get your attention. It works well with some and self perpetuates.If you monitor the fit with peripheral vision and wait until it stops before looking directly at or interacting with the kid, it will often stop.This is common in preverbal toddlers. Reward the kid with more attention after they stop a fit than during to end this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5 year old son, suddenly fever this evening. He has a very sore head & tummy, he is autistic so doesn't answer honestly. No vomit or vomit?
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