My 12-month-old daughter will slap her head repetitively and when we try to stop her, she just continues to keep doing it. We try to tell her no and do nice and rub her face but it doesn’t stop her.
My husband and I are worried. Is this a phase she’s just going through or is it something more? She will also pull her hair too.
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Why Babies Hit Themselves
Being 12 months old, I would say yes, it is highly likely to be a phase she is going through! It is quite common for babies to do things like this at around their first birthday. They hit themselves, bite themselves, bang their little heads against the floor or something similar when they are angry and frustrated. It looks really bad and I think you’re doing the right thing to continue to tell her and show her to not hurt herself. (Not that it will change her behavior…)
It will pass, probably within a few months or so. Just make sure she doesn’t hurt herself bad. And don’t be worried, it’s normal (but strange for us) and will pass!
Reasons to worry would be either if you think she might be hitting herself to mitigate pain, eg head ache, her ears or teeth, OR if she really just hits herself repetitively for no apparent reason and also isn’t developing towards her milstones as you would expect. Both these possible situations would make a visit to the Dr appropriate.
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