Head banging

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Boy with bandage round his head

1. Repeatedly banging their head on a hard surface

It's really frightening when a child bangs their head over and over again but it's fairly common.

Why do they do it?
'This sort of behaviour is usually because they're angry or frustrated and they want your attention,' says Sue. 'They don't have the language to tell you exactly what's wrong.'

What can you do?
'Try to understand what the child is going through. There are a lot of changes happening for them. They're learning new words, new behaviour and they're just starting out in the world,' says Sue.

'Children take their cues from you, they're very good at picking up vibes, so the calmer you are, the calmer they'll be.'

Obviously, stop them from banging their head or harming themselves. Stay calm and find out what's making them so upset. 'Are they too hot, hungry or overtired? Don't let them go too far with this sort of behaviour, you have to remain confident and in control,' says Sue.

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