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Toddler sleep problem
My toddler(23 mths) literally knocks himself out to sleep. Everytime he is sleepy, he knocks his head and body. When he is sitting on a sofa, he rocks and hits his head and whole body against the back rest of the sofa. When he is on a bed, he hits head along with upper body against the bed and pillow vigourously to sleep. He lies on his stomach. He is having this problem since being 1 mth old. Now that he has grown his hitting the bed has become more stronger and the bed shakes. I am worried if he has some problem or will it affect his head or brain development. Please help on what could be the problem.
I am no expert but work with children who have sensory issues and this sounds like it could be one. Obviously he enjoys pressure, rocking, and possibly pain. Sensory issues are things children grow out . I would suggest talking to your doctor or look on the "Early On" site which is a free site for children to be assessed. One thing I would try is holding him tight against you and rocking back and fourth against your couch b/f bed. Also, if you don't have one already, start a bedtime routine that includes this. He may have a lot of left over energy so try having him run around an hour b/f bed. My 23 month old has done this as well and it stricks me as odd but she doesn't do it enough to cause concern however it is wierd. Good luck
Check out this page at sleepeducation.com about rhythmic movement disorder (RMD): http://www.sleepeducation.com/Disorder.aspx?id=18. It says the behaviour is common in infants and children but is not considered a disorder unless the actions severely injure the child or greatly disturb his or her sleep. Hope that helps.