When he first did this he used to do it quite hard but he soon realized that he could reduce the pain by doing it gently. I used to think it really funny, watching him put his head to the ground in slow-motion, in a sweet attempt to get what he wanted. Goes without saying, his head-banging tantrums did not work.
But he has now reverted back to hitting his head quite hard to the ground again. I know I shouldn’t but I do give in sometimes. A bit of a vicious circle i guess, the more I give in, the more he will be doing this.
Here are some interesting facts about head-banging in children:
-About 20% of healthy children do this in a form or another. Some do this for soothing purposes, other out of frustration or temper tantrums (like my DS).
-Some kids head-band for relief when they are teething or have an ear-infection.
– Head-banging occurs during the latter part of the first year and may continue up until the child is 3 years old.
-Boys are 3-4 times more likely to head-bang than girls.
-Study of 525 healthy children shows that the children that are head-bangers are measurably advanced in the motor-skills compared to their peers.
And last but not least, I also found out that the most effective way to stop this habit is to ignore it and if it is part of a temper tantrum make sure he does not get what he wants. Hm…. knowing what is best and what one does is sometimes quite different.