My 16-month-old has began banging his head on things: Advice?

Just curious if anyone else had experienced something similar or the same here. my 16-month-old son has begun banging his head… couch pillows, the crib, people’s legs… nothing hard yet… I can’t remember my daughter ever going through this stage although there’s an eight-year age difference… maybe I blocked it out either way what did you mamas do to stop the behavior or prevent it from getting worse? Am I missing something? Please help a worried mama.


Ignore it…unless hes having communicate issues

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My son does the same but I ignore him. He is doing it for attention and he will stop before it really hurts him

Honestly my youngest does this occasionally. We either ignore it and he doesn’t do it again or if it was really hard or more then once we tell him “no” sternly and sit him on the couch or his chair. Babying him when he does it only makes him do it more, so I’d try not to do that.

my mom did that when she got hydrocephalus, i’d get him checked for it

I’d talk to your doctor my oldest did this and he is Autistic and that is a sighn of it but not saying that is want it is at 1 doctor thought is was far Attention but it was not just talk to your doctor about it

My son is 15 months and he just headbangs the couch but nothing else… it will go away may just be a faze

My 13 month old does this all the time. He finds it funny. Ignore it. If it hurts they will stop.

Turn on heavy metal music… then everything will make sense…

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My 15 month old has done this since he started crawling :woman_facepalming: He thinks its hilarious but we just ignore him. He stops if it hurts :woman_shrugging:

My 11 month old does this but he does it on hard objects then cries about it. Idk why he does it it worries me sometimes lol.

My 10 month old daughter will hurt herself on purpose (not real bad. Like bumping her head on something.) for attention. My son did not do this. I ignore it when she does this because I am home with her 24/7 so she definitely isn’t lacking in attention lol.

My almost 3 year old still does this on the couch if she is bored. I have noticed that if we keep her busy she doesn’t do it. So it could just be that your child is bored.

Head banging can be a sign of autism. He could just be doing it for attention. My grandson does this a lot as well. He will do it repeatedly on doors, the coffee table, etc. I usually just set him in his play pen for a little bit.

My oldest son did this all the time! It was almost embarrassing because he did it all the time. His doctor told me he was just fine and he would grow out of it. And he did. He’s almost 9 now and is perfectly fine. :slightly_smiling_face:

Don’t want to alarm you some say it’s normal but that is one of the signs for autism so I would talk to your Dr

My son did it and I’ve know several others that have also. His pediatrician said it was completely normal and he would grow out of it and he did. He’s in kindergarten now.

It’s a phase. All 5 of mine did it around that age. When they don’t get the reaction they want they stop.

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It can be a sign of autism …