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Head banging - young children

head; banging; sleep; disturbances; habits;

Head banging by a young child just as he or she is about to fall asleep is common. Rocking in bed is even more common.

  • Up to 30% of 12 month old children bang their head before they go to sleep.
  • It usually starts by about 8 to 9 months, and is rare after 2 years.

Even though the sound of the head banging might be quite loud, it seems that it does not hurt children.

There is no need to try to stop the behaviour, and trying to stop it is often not successful.

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The Raising Children Network website (https://raisingchildren.net.au/) has more information about head banging and rocking. Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.

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