The signs of head trauma in babies are loss of consciousness, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, vomiting, irritability, and clear or bloody drainage from their nose, mouth, or ears. These are clear signs to seek medical help to avoid bigger problems.
There are also times when your baby is banging their head on purpose, though. These behaviors may or may not require more attention or observation.
The odd behavior of baby headbanging can start as early as 5 to 6 months old and continue into early childhood. Most children grow out of the need to bang their head on walls and floors by the time they are approaching elementary school. Babies typically start this behavior when they can sit on their own, rocking back and forth and banging their head as they go.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, baby headbanging is soothing to some babies as they fall asleep. Other experts suggest that this behavior may be a sign that your baby is not feeling well and can increase when they have a cold, allergies, or an ear infection.
It can be difficult to watch your baby hitting their head, but rest assured that this behavior is usually harmless. This rhythmic and repetitive movement can help them nod off. It is something that they will likely outgrow, and no intervention is usually needed.