To draw attention
Sometimes, toddlers bang their head to get the attention from others. Kids are smart enough to realize that this kind of self-destructive behaviors can help them get your attention effectively.
Apart from these causes of head banging, toddlers may bang their heads due to underlying problems in their developmental milestones. Head banging may signal autism or certain developmental disorders.
Head banging is a problem if the child bangs his/her head constantly even when hurt. If you feel your child’s head banging is getting worse and you are worried about it, consult your pediatrician immediately. Although rare, head banging is also considered to be a sign of autism or other developmental disorders.
A child with autism will also show the following signs:
- Tends to withdraw from a social relationship.
- Does not have an interest in physical contact including those with parents.
- A decrease in physical abilities, including speaking, reading or learning.
- Being shy and an introverted.
- Shows developmental delays during childhood.
Your toddler might resort to head banging in order to self-soothe, to relieve pain, express anger, or draw attention.