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Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Julia Stanford
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Rarely is this is a sign of a serious problem. Many children bang their heads as a way of "self soothing.
" the best approach is to make sure they are in a safe environment where they cannot hurt themselves and to try to distract the from the behavior. If worsening behavior or other symptoms develop, speak with your pediatrician about this.

In brief: No

Rarely is this is a sign of a serious problem. Many children bang their heads as a way of "self soothing.
" the best approach is to make sure they are in a safe environment where they cannot hurt themselves and to try to distract the from the behavior. If worsening behavior or other symptoms develop, speak with your pediatrician about this.
Dr. Julia Stanford
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Usually not

Most children will bang their head to get attention.
Usually, this is not significant for anything in particular.

In brief: Usually not

Most children will bang their head to get attention.
Usually, this is not significant for anything in particular.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: HeadBanging maybe ok

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.

In brief: HeadBanging maybe ok

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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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