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I know it's common for toddlers who can't talk yet to bang their heads, but DS does this so often and really hurts himself doing it. I try to cushion his head the best I can when I see it coming on, but in the meantime, is there anything else I can do? And when do they grow out of it? He's 16 months, and it's only gotten worse this past month.
 

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Mine seems to do it when she's tired and overstimulated. She doesn't do it much anymore (17 mos now).<br><br>
Not to worry you, but does he have any other strange behaviors?
 

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To my knowledge, no child has ever seriously injured him/herself headbanging. Unless Motley Crue is playing of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:.<br>
Seriously, unless this activity is being engaged in to the exclusion of most other activities, I would not let it get under your skin. I would stay beside/by him and wait it out. This is neutral attention. I would NOT make soothing sounds or give a ton of positive or negative attention. This could become associated with the sensations being elicited. This is a very common behavior which resolves as the child becomes more verbal and can more efficiently and effectively discharge the emotional energy. Waaaay too many normal kid behaviors are being pathologized, to the detriment of childhoods everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 
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