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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: My dd started head banging today like my ds did when he was small. He still does it. Is there anyway that I can nip this in the bud or is it just going to happen? DS's doctor said it was a way for him to comfort himself and it was perfectly fine, but yet he has a scar on his head from banging it so much when he was little. Any ideas?
 

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My son has started doing this too. On walls or the sides of his crib. He laughs and thinks its so funny but it scares me!
 

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My daughter used to hit herself in the head as a self comfort thing when falling asleep. I sloooowly had her pat my hand instead and that seems to have taken. I have no idea whether she just grew out of bopping herself in the head or what I tried actually took but maybe you could try to teach her something in the same rhythm?
 

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She was fine last night and then when she woke up this morning she was smacking her matress hard with her hands in rhythm, so maybe we can fix it if we figure out another rhythm.
 

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DD started banging her head on solid surfaces whenever she was enraged, at about 10 months. It finally stopped at 13 months, which was good because she constantly had huge bruises on her forehead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">
 

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My dad told me that when I was little I used to do that when I got mad. He said that one day I got mad and I was in the tiled kitchen insted of the carpeted rooms and one good smack on the hard floor cured me from doing it again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
If it is being done for a rythmic feeling and not an expression of anger, then I would suggest helping him find some other way to feel that rythm. Try playing some music with a strong drum beat, give him something bouncy to sit in where he can bounce/dance to the beat. May be a safer expression of his rythm.
 
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