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    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Please Help! Why is My DS doing this?...

    He is 14 Months Old, and has started deliberately hitting his head against things. Then cries, but keeps doing it? He is hitting his head against the dining table, and on the back sliding door. Then when I pull him away to stop him, he throws a tantrum?
    Is this just something new that he has discovered he can do? Should I be concerned with this behaviour? So weird.

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    Melinda Guest


    Oh I totally sympathise.

    It can be a number of things - do you think he may be unwell? Sometimes when little ones have earaches/headache or are teething, they will do things like that. It's possibly something worth investigating just to rule it out.

    If it's not related to illness, then is it possible that it's related to frustration? Is he trying to learn new things ATM (I'm sure he is of course!). Does he have the kind of personality where he likes to do things by himself and gets frustrated when he can't achieve them? I know that this is the case for Jacob. He too will hit his head on things (he still does it at 23 months of age). He gets very frustrated when he can't do things the first time he tries them. We found that he did it even more when he was trying overcome the language barrier - he would get so upset and frustrated (and angry) that we weren't understanding what he was trying to tell us - and it was really awful to watch him get so upset.

    The other reason he will do it is if we have said no to him for something that he wants - this is more often the reason behind it if he does it now.


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    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Penrith, NSW


    I was going to say both of the things Melinda pointed out - the ear infection and/or frustration factors. I new a toddler who would hit themselves in the face/head everytime they became frustrated with something they couldn't do...and they were very independant so trying to assist them just amde it worse.
    Good luck with this behaviour - hope it passes soon

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