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Old 06-17-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Almost 6 month old, hitting himself?

Asher is almost 6 months old, and he has been hitting himself, closed hand with the back of his hand on his forehead? Is that weird?
Back story, he has croup, and some congestion? Could his head hurt? Is it involuntary?

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My daughter is that age and smacks herself all the time. I think its cute but if he is sick it might be from that?

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Re: Almost 6 month old, hitting himself?

Yea, he just started doing it the last couple days. I was thinking he might have a headache? He is on day 2 on medicine, so I was thinking he should stop doing that if it was related.
My mom was watching him today and she said she would try to get him to stop and he would get kinda cranky about it.
I am just hoping its something that is completely normal.
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Re: Almost 6 month old, hitting himself?

My son is 14m and he started doing that...hmmm..maybe when he was 8 or 9 months..I think. Anyway I'm not worried about it. He usually does it when he is frustrated and he has no other way to express himself. Certainly ask your doctor if your really concerned
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Re: Almost 6 month old, hitting himself?

My 6 month old does that. She's not ill, it's just that she isn't coordinated yet. She's always waving her arms around now, holding her arms up over her head and thwaping me in the face. All 6 of mine did some variation of the self-smack at this age.
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Re: Almost 6 month old, hitting himself?

my DS1 used to punch himself in the forehead just like you described....but only whilst nursing...
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Re: Almost 6 month old, hitting himself?

Huh Sarah my mom said he did it while eating too...I was thinking it was a way to express himself cause other than that for a almost 6 month old he is very coordinated.
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DS does that, and his neurologist (whom we see for vision issues) is not concerned. It's a normal form of self-stimulation. What we've found is that when he's "bonking" is a good time to put an interesting toy in his hands - something else to provide stimulation. He also thinks its hysterical if we make a noise with each bonk. He doesn't do it much anymore, btw, at 10 mo corrected.
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