Is Your Toddler a Head Banger?

Some toddlers bang their heads against a wall or even on the floor, especially if they’re upset.

This is fairly common behavior for toddlers; studies have found that it happens among up to 20% of healthy young children. It can be a way of expressing anger or frustration, of self-comforting (as odd as that sounds) or self-stimulation.

Don’t worry—most children don’t hurt themselves doing this and they typically outgrow it. You can either ignore it or try distracting your child if he or she is doing it because of frustration.

Head banging can sometimes be a part of a developmental problem, particularly in a child who seems to have other developmental delays. If you are concerned, consult your child’s doctor.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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