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Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Head banging is done for a number of reasons, but not for pain.
It is usually done to calm the child, as many children find it relaxing. It can also be done out of boredom, out of anger, and as an attention-getting device.

In brief: No

Head banging is done for a number of reasons, but not for pain.
It is usually done to calm the child, as many children find it relaxing. It can also be done out of boredom, out of anger, and as an attention-getting device.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Children do this when they are frustrated or to get your attention.
This is a behavior worh ignoring.

In brief: No

Children do this when they are frustrated or to get your attention.
This is a behavior worh ignoring.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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