I am concerned however, with his new, and very sudden self harming behavior. When I tell him no (as in "don't flush the toilet again, we have done it 3 times now") he seems to get mad/disappointed at himself, and drops to the floor and starts repeatedly banging his head against the wood floor, almost as a self inflicted punishment. It has happened several times in the last 2 days, and I am starting to get very worried. We have NEVER spanked him (or used any other form of physical discipline) so I am not sure where he is learning this. His mannerisms/attitude of self-worthlessness is what I find the most troubling.
Has anybody else experienced this? Should I be calling his pediatrician?
All children are different so how you react to this depends on your child's personality. You can try picking your kiddo up and getting them distracted in another activity. You could try to have a cuddle and talk if that calms them, or you could simply walk away and let them work it out alone. My daughter gets more agitated if I try and cuddle/talk to her. Shes upset and needs to let off some steam, so I make no big deal about it and shes over it in a minute. It's really important to not panic yourself though because they will pick up on that.
I don't tend to worry about serious injuries from this because generally, if something hurts they stop. Obviously I would never let my child plunk down and bang her head on some concrete though.
It's a tough stage to go through, that's for sure, but just hang in there mama. Pretty soon your babe will be able to verbalize his emotions easier.
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So now that she seems to be pushing a boundary with it, I try to look totally uninterested and instead of grabbing her hand in fear she'll hurt herself, I say "I'd rather you didn't hit yourself." and I put my hand between her hand and her head, then pretend to immerse myself in some other task and not really pay attention (but I do leave my hand between her head and her hand).
She almost always moves immediately on to something else.
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