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self injury, sort of?

My 2 year old tears at her hands and fingers constantly, even in her sleep. Gloves won't stay on, and lotion/aloe just makes her rub them together more (she loves lotion). She twists her fingers, chews on her thumbs hard enough to draw blood, and scratches her hands. What's up with this? Anyone else seen this?

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Asked by soflashelley at 11:18 AM on Aug. 13, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Not to alarm you, but I believe this is something pretty common among autistic toddlers. I would definitely seek advice from your pediatrician, he or she will be the best source for information on this.

    I did some googling, in case you wanted to look into this more:

    Answer by SabrinaBean at 11:28 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • No I haven't heard of this. Have you spoken to the pediatrician? I would be worried, poor baby. :(

    Answer by Memigen at 11:29 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Good Luck

    Answer by Memigen at 11:29 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • I would defenitely contact your pediatrician regarding this situation. If nothing for the simple fact that the open wounds could eventually cause an infection. Best of luck to you.

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    Answer by BillieJean0401 at 11:41 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Not to freak you but I know some autistic children do this and there is also a disease where people hurt themselves, sort of like Trichotillomania but not hair and not head you know? Take her to the doc and let them know whats going on. Good luck!!

    Answer by gottalovemal at 2:36 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Does it not hurt her? If she falls does she not react? There is a disorder that your nerves don't let you feel pain. Also children that have autism can do this ff they are scared, nervus, bored, thinking, or frustrated.


    Answer by elly25 at 4:33 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Autism doesn't sound right. Short attention span, always giving/needing hugs, eye contact, EXTREMELY talkative. She cries later and says "hands mama hands" but a couple hours later she's messing with her hands again. She definitely feels pain as well, she actually got scratched by a cat just yesterday.

    Comment by soflashelley (original poster) at 7:20 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • I am not sure what it is, but I would definitely call the doctor.

    Answer by MooNFaeRie30 at 5:12 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

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