My daughter (almost 3) has started a whole new series of habits. She is 1) biting off chunks of hair -- I saw her doing this while we were reading books before bed and once I realized that was what she was doing, there was a ton of it in her mouth -- I'm not sure if she has swallowed some or what! 2) biting nails -- I haven't seen her do this but she keeps telling me she does. 3) biting little bits of cloth off her lovie (strings off the corners).
How do I respond? She's not a thumb-sucker, nose-picker. hair-twirler. This came out of nowhere! I feel like my response is crucial, though... I mean, isn't there a really serious thing where people eat their own hair compulsively? Do I ask her not to or just ignore it? Before I realized what I was saying I told her if she kept biting her hair we may have to cut her hair short... I feel like that was a mistake but what SHOULD I say?
Answer by EmilySusan at 9:20 PM on Apr. 23, 2010
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