Jump to content

DS is pulling his hair out
he is getting a bawled patch help


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 *Lena*

Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

My four year old son is pulling his hair out. He does is sub consciously especially if he is watching tv or doing something. I really don't think its a nervous etc thing. How do I stop it? I have tried telling him to stop, trying to divert his attention, cut his hair short as we dared (he has a REALLY bad cowlick right where he is pulling his hair so it is sooo noticeable). I really don't want to clip his hair that short  so any idea on what I can do to try and avoid that?

DH is at me to clip it bc he is scared the hair won't grow back.

#2 Jenno

Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

Dd2 did this in her sleep when she was 18 months old.

I ended up cutting all her hair off, she looked different for a bit.  It cut the habit cause she had nothing to pull.  There is a term for it, google hair pulling disorder and there are lots of references and ideas.

Dd2 stopped pretty much straight away, and hasn't done it since and now has nice long hair.

Good luck.

#3 NunSoFeral

Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

Hey Lena
Poor little fellow, eh?

It may just be an phase/age thing, but I would suggest seeking some info and speaking to your GP.
At least this will put your mind at easeor give you some management technques to help your lad.

I'm just a psych student and have done a little work on trichtotillomania as an impulse-control disorder.
I found some literature from a research paper I completed and remembered this website which may give you some relevant  basic information. There is a section on children/teens.

http://www.trich.org/

Good luck

Edited by gettheetoanunnery, 04 December 2012 - 12:59 PM.


#4 niksia

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

DD did it as a sensory, thumb sucking thing, she would twist the hair and it would tickle her nose. She had random bald patches and we used to put her hair up. She did it while watching TV and going to sleep, so I made some cotton mittens for her to slip on which helped break the habit. DD could spot a single strand of hair on the carpet from several meters away. It really was impressive.

For a boy, I would be in favour of clippering it, I am afraid. I was so worried that it would damage the hair follicles. Doesn't seem to have but she has a ridiculous amount of hair anyway.

I do know a lady that randomly plucks at her eyebrows and eye lashes though. It is not uncommon but I do think as a child it is a stage and perhaps a sensory thing.

#5 anasam

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

DS used to do this, shaving his hair right down did break the cycle at the time but he eventually started up again. By about age 9 he was more aware of what he was doing and made a conscious choice not to do it as the bald patches were quite obvious and he was embarrassed. I have read that you shouldn't make a big deal of it, just gently move his hand away whenever you see him touching his head.

#6 Chongololo

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

I did this (now I just play with it, trained myself to not pull it out)

For me it's something I do when concentrating OR drifting.. For a boy short short is probably an answer, as is not making a big deal of it. I will still catch myself pulling out eyelashes sometimes (WHY?? whhhhyyyyy? *sob*)

overall, treat it like a habit to break gently. good luck!

#7 ~Mo+Moosh~

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

My DS pulled his hair out from about 16 months until he turned 2. We clipped his hair short and that helped.

He only ever pulled one side and at the time he stopped 2 significant things happened, 1 being he had grommets put in and he cut his 2 year old molars. I personally believe he was pulling his hair in response to either pain from his ears or teething.

He's almost 6 now and hasn't had any more issues but it was stressful at the time trying to isolate the cause.






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 
  • ek-thumb-blinkybill

    Win Blinky Bill The Movie Prize Packs

    To celebrate the release of BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE in cinemas September, you could win 1 of 10 prize packs that include a pair of Kids Ugg Australia boots, DVD pack, a Blinky Bill The Movie book set and family pass to see the film.

  • ek-fathersdayfitbit

    Father's Day Gift Ideas 2015

    Here are 13 awesome gift ideas for the Dads to celebrate his special day.

  • ek-sportbooks-athumb

    Best books for sporty kids

    Need some inspiration for your sporty kid 's downtime? Here is a handful of good reads for young sporting enthusiasts.

  • kmart-320

    Kmart decor hacks

    Entire communities on Instagram are devoted to showing Kmart homewares prepped, preened and hacked into designer items.

  • ek-pullapart-zthumb

    Amazing pull-apart bread recipes

    From savoury to sweet, here we have gathered a range of amazing pull-apart bread recipes for you to make - in the mean time try to avoid licking the screen!

  • cotton-on-_320

    Cotton On KIDS activewear range

    Activewear for kids has gone designer at Cotton On.

  • ek-90steentvshows-2thumb

    Teens of the 90's TV favourites

    Were you a teen in the 90's? Here are some of your favourite shows from Australia and abroad during the decade.

  • Things only kids growing up in the 90s would understand

    Did you grow up in the 90s? Here are 50 classic memories from your childhood that will take you back.

  • harry320

    10 actors who were almost cast in the Harry Potter series

    Casting for the Harry Potter series couldn't have been an easy job. While we think everything turned out the way it should, here's ten actors that almost made it into the movies.

  • dh_320

    When they were famous

    Ever wonder what happened to the child stars that entertained us all those years ago? From Mary Poppins to Jerry Maguire, take a look at when they were famous and learn what they're doing now.

  • ek-fidgettoys-1athubm

    Fidgets or Fidget Toys for ASD, ADHD and Sensory Disorders

    Fidgets and other sensory hand held toys are a great way to encourage attention and concentration. We all love to rock on a chair and click our pens or chew gum to stay alert and attentive, so why not let children have functional and socially acceptable fidgets too, to help them learn and keep them focused on learning.

  • ek-80sboys-1thumb3

    Boys growing up in the 80s

    Flashback time! Here are a handful of totally retro memories for boys (and a few for girls) who grew up in the 1980's in Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.