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My daughter eats her hair... Advice on how to get her to stop?

Posted by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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I don't even know where to begin to start. When she first started eating it I cut her hair short enough to make sure she couldn't. Now it's getting longer because she was doing better, but now she's eating it again. It's such beautiful hair and I DON'T want to cut it again, any ideas? :o)

by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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frndlyfn
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:24 PM

What do you mean eating it?  How old is she?  Have you had her evaluated for sensory or other problems that would create this behavior?

StepMommyStone
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

She does have sensory issues. Yes we have had her evaluated. She just sticks it in her mouth and sucks on it. By the time I pick her up from school her hair in the front is crispy and gross. I don't think she realizes she's doing it.

frndlyfn
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Oh ok so it is closer to the bored sucking on hair that almost everyone with long hair has gone through.  Have you tried putting the sides up in a cute style with hair clips/barrettes?  My dd just opts to keep her hair short (chin length inverted bob) since it was getting in her food or she would find herself with it in her mouth.

Idntreallycare
by Bronze Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

sucking on it is fairly normal, maybe put it up so she cant?

If she were truly ingesting her hair, I'd talk to your doctor and find a specialist to deal with it...

StepMommyStone
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I've tried putting it up, but she has that new baby hair / side bangs I guess you could call them? I try and clip it back but it's so fine that it come right out of the clips. I guess cutting it is my only option at this age. :\

steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

 You could try rewarding her on the days that she comes home without the crispy, wet hair.  I'm not sure that this will work though since she most likely isn't even aware that she is sucking on her hair.

StepMommyStone
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

That is something I could try... Maybe even if she isn't aware she is doing it, this will make her think about it when she it. :)

JasonsMom2007
by Silver Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM
I used to do that when I was little until I heard someone tell my parents their kid had to have surgery to remove hair from their stomach. I never did it again!
What does her ot say about it? With sensory issues I assume she has an ot.
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WritingMom777
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM
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I agree that she probably has no idea she is doing it.  How about pinning her hair up so that it is not easy for her to get to (I know of a few boys who actually pulled their hair out by the roots so this is easier to deal with!)

Also try getting stress toys and using good behavior charts when you catch her NOT doing it.  Best of luck!

StepMommyStone
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I'm sorry I am new to this site and am not sure what ot means..? :)

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