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Old 10-10-2007, 06:53 PM   #1
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Pulling out her hair?

Ivy has pulling out her hair lately. She's always figeted with it, esp when tired or not feeling good or bored. But now she's actually pulling it out. I'm noticing A LOT of hair all over her carseat. It's just not striking me as normal to do this.

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Does her scalp seem okay? Like could she be trying to relieve a skin irritation or itch? Or does it seem compulsive like trichotillomania? (I had an aunt who suffered from that.) Can she be redirected with some other "busy work" for her hands like little toys in her car seat or other times she might have to entertain herself? What would she do if you put mittens on her hands and just gave her some passive entertainment like something to look at? Have you asked the ped about it?
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:36 AM   #3
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Re: Pulling out her hair?

Her scalp seems fine. It doesn't look flakey or anything. I haven't talked to the ped b/c this has developed w/in the last month. She seems to do it more when she's strapped into her carseat. I try to give her toys to change her focus, but she loses interest fairly fast in most things. And if I move her hands away from her hair, she'll wail.
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Re: Pulling out her hair?

What if you put a fuzzy (or some other textured) hat on her head? Would she be happy to futz with that instead? Or a doll w/hair? Just trying to brainstorm...
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Re: Pulling out her hair?

I have a friend whose daughter did this to the point that she looked like a cancer patient. Finally they shaved her head and kept it that way for a short time to get her out of the habit, it worked for her. Hopefully it won't come to that for you.
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