My son is 8 and continues to bang his head on his pillow to fall asleep and often engages in this behavior in the backseat of the car. I think it is strange, but the last time I asked the Pediatrician she told me not to be concerned. Should he have grown out of this by now? Is this anything to worry about?
Hi. My son was a head banger but he was two and he only did it in his sleep, I was quite concerned and the doctors told me not to worry if it was hurting him he wouldnt do it. 6 months later he ended up with two turned eyes and Im very sure this has come from the hard constant banging against the end of his cot. Your son is much older and wiser I dont think he would bang his head against something so hard. Let him just do it in his pillow to help him fall asleep it must relax him.Most of us do or think of something to help uis relax off to sleep. Maybe he has heard you talking about your concerns so he has began doing it while awake in the car for attention. Or is he stressed about something while hes doing it in the car, and trying to relax himself. Im sure he will grow out of this and then there will be something else to worry about as there always is with our children. Best wishes!!
If you are really concerned you could try to help your child develop and new way to self soothe. I shake my leg,bouncing it up and down vigoursly.. the movement is highly soothing , is more sociallly acceptable and far less likely to cause injury.
my brothers and i were head bangers as well it helped us go to sleep too. my sons' are also headbangers too. ther is also a name for it it's called headbangers syndrome. my brothers and i turned out fine we are successful adults now but outgrew the headbanging. my twin sons' do it sometimes still but not as much as they used to.no worries just a phase as time no one really knows!
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