We took Calvin to Dr. Krohn to talk about his head banging. She said that a lot of the kids she sees bang or hit their own heads...They seem to like it. Calvin even did it in her office, and did it a few times throughout the day. Each time he was trying to get attention, get his way, or he was having a temper tantrum.
She checked him over to make sure there wasn't anything physically wrong with him, other then his huge self-inflicted bruise. Then she asked us if we had a homeopathy kit. We didn't, but said we would try her homeopathic ideas. She consulted a book, and narrowed it down to two things. So she asked us a bunch of questions like "Does he seem malicious?" (no) "Does he seem restless or like a lot of activity" (yes) "Is he overly emotional?" (kind of)
She prescribed an Apis tablet. Apis is made out of bee venom, and is used to treat a lot of inflamatory problems, but also can help with certain emotional issues. Or else, people with certain emotional issues can benefit from it. I'm no expert, but it seems like homeopathy is about trying to figure out what type of person you are and then giving you herbs and remedies for your type for overall wellness. Anyway, they described his type as fidgety, restless and over emotional. I suppose, if he hit's his own head he can be seen as fidgety and over emotional.
She gave us a tiny tablet, about the size of a grain of sand, and told us to put it in a jar with 4 ounces of water and give him a half teaspoon three times a day. The results will come gradually. So in the next week or so I'll let you all know if he still hits himself.