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Hi, my daughter is 21mths old. She has a tendency to hit herself in the head when she is cranky or frustrated.

Is this normal toddler behaviour?

Thanks

Renee

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Hi, Renee,

At least 20% of all kids will go through a head-banging phase.  This is normal and I would suggest treating it as a temper tantrum and ignore it.  She is smart and will never hit herself hard enough to hurt.  The more attention paid to this, the more it will occur.

Good luck, dr. Olson

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