My 4 month old granddaughter has started rubbing her head whenever she lying down or is being held when she takes her bottle. She will move her head back and forth, and take her hands and rub them on the sides of her head. If she is sitting up or standing in her jumpy chair she doesn't seem to do it so much. She is rubbing off all the hair on the sides of her head and scratches her scalp when she really gets to rubbing hard. She isn't fussy or showing any signs of any other illness that we can tell. Her babysitter wondered if she is in pain and this is the only way she has of showing it. She has eczema and her scalp has been dry and flakey since birth, but it is greatly improved in the last month but her rubbing is getting worse. Any ideas? Thanks
Rubbing the head is a coping mechanism, a comfort measure.
My son does it all the time, it soothes him.
As far as scratching, unless she is leaving tragic marks on her head, I wouldn't worry, she probably likes the neat new feeling.
It will probably bother you more than it will your granddaughter. Don't worry, hair grows back, I should know. My son had his head shaved (in the hospital) 3 times before he even came home for good. Now he has a head full of hair.