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Child hurting self Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30128 posts
23rd Nov '12

Yesterday we were over at my DH's family house and my DS was acting up, he kept opening and closing the door and when we would try to close the door he would put his fingers in the middle to try to purposely hurt himself. He also purposely hits his head and then comes to his Dad and I and says "it's ouch" is he doing this for attention?? Everyone i've talked to and some things i look up says it's for attention but me personally i think it's something deeper. We cut his hair the other day and we saw a laceration on his head that had scabbed over but we didnt even know he had it, he's actually hurting himself and it worries me. He'll be 3 in December.

user banned (boy); 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
23rd Nov '12

How is his speech? Sometimes when children can't verbally express their frustration they can hurt themselves. My 2 year old sometimes hits his head on purpose. :/



Also, it could be for attention as well.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
23rd Nov '12

Not to scare you but that can be signs of some developmental disorders. I would talk to your dr first. Then maybe get him tested to see if he has any tendencies correlating any specific disorder.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50791 posts
23rd Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" Not to scare you but that can be signs of some developmental disorders. I would talk to your dr first. Then maybe get him tested to see if he has any tendencies correlating any specific disorder."</blockquote>




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I was going to put that.



Op talk to his pedi for sure

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
23rd Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting ℳary ℐane:</b>" How is his speech? Sometimes when children can't verbally express their frustration they can hurt themselves. ... [snip!] ... they can hurt themselves. My 2 year old sometimes hits his head on purpose. :/ Also, it could be for attention as well. "</blockquote>
Yes speech delays definitely can cause this as well.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30128 posts
23rd Nov '12
Quoting ℳary ℐane:" How is his speech? Sometimes when children can't verbally express their frustration they can hurt themselves. ... [snip!] ... they can hurt themselves. My 2 year old sometimes hits his head on purpose. :/ Also, it could be for attention as well. "

His speech is alot better now than it was at the beginning of the year. I think maybe it's also because of his new baby sister, She's 8 months now but anytime DH's pays attention to her DS gets extremely jealous. He's also seeing an OT for sensory issues and hyperactive issues.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30128 posts
23rd Nov '12
Quoting lolajessup:" Not to scare you but that can be signs of some developmental disorders. I would talk to your dr first. Then maybe get him tested to see if he has any tendencies correlating any specific disorder."

Thank you, I will look into that, Like i said i personally think it's a deeper issue than just wanting attention. I thought maybe it can be like a less severe form of Autism? Only because Autism runs in my family all of my older sister's boys have some form of Autism so idk

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
23rd Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bob Wehadababyitsaboy:</b>" His speech is alot better now than it was at the beginning of the year. I think maybe it's also because ... [snip!] ... anytime DH's pays attention to her DS gets extremely jealous. He's also seeing an OT for sensory issues and hyperactive issues."</blockquote>




Then talk to his OT. That can actually be part of a sensory disorder and his OT might be able to work a new therapy into his regiment.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30128 posts
23rd Nov '12
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Bob Wehadababyitsaboy:</b>" His speech is alot better now than ... [snip!] ... to his OT. That can actually be part of a sensory disorder and his OT might be able to work a new therapy into his regiment."

I called her hopefully she calls me back but his therapy ends when he turns 3 so i'm scared she wont have enough time to work with him

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50791 posts
23rd Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bob Wehadababyitsaboy:</b>" I called her hopefully she calls me back but his therapy ends when he turns 3 so i'm scared she wont have enough time to work with him "</blockquote>




You should be able to go through your school district for services after 3 :)

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
23rd Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bob Wehadababyitsaboy:</b>" Thank you, I will look into that, Like i said i personally think it's a deeper issue than just wanting ... [snip!] ... less severe form of Autism? Only because Autism runs in my family all of my older sister's boys have some form of Autism so idk"</blockquote>



If he already has sensory issues that is also a sign of autism. So definitely tell his therapists they may be able to do more specific testing for autism.



They can't release him from therapy if he still needs it. They just might have to send him to a new agency that deals with preschoolers. He might be able to get into a special education preschool (usually when they turn three these are available) where he can get services through that. Talk to his therapist to see where to go from there. She can put you in contact with local agencies.

❤ ʘlive Oyl 4 kids; 6328 posts
23rd Nov '12

I think you should just mention it to your pedi and maybe have him evaluated. I don't think there is anything wrong with him though. It will put your mind at ease to just go and get him seen. He is 3 and I think there would be more signs at this point.