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How can I treat a head banging?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: More Info

What are the problems you are trying to treat.
Headbanging in kids is a form of temper tantrums usually. Rarely they are self stimulatory behaviors. Generally is harmless except for occasional bruising cosmetically. More info is needed.

In brief: More Info

What are the problems you are trying to treat.
Headbanging in kids is a form of temper tantrums usually. Rarely they are self stimulatory behaviors. Generally is harmless except for occasional bruising cosmetically. More info is needed.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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