Tina - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi- I am new here. Just (finally) got a diagnoses for my 10 year old daughter of "moderate-severe" autism. Have been dealing with her issues since I adopted her in 2004. Everything was basically wrote off as related to her FAS. Finally got a pedi psychiatrist who recognized her
in the first visit, and we were finally able to get into a testing center 2 weeks ago.
So, here is the problem... she bites herself, a lot. It is scarring her arms, probably beyond repair at this point. She also "picks" at herself. It started with her nail beds on her fingers, now it is her face, and legs also. She has approx. 16 open sores right now on her body. I have tried EVERYTHING anyone has ever suggested to no avail. Bandaids/bandages don't stay on for more than 5 min unless she is asleep. I put gloves on her hands for awhile, but she eventually was able to even draw blood with them on! We have tried various meds/combinations, with little effect unless they just "snow" her. They had a pair of arm
restraints made for her a couple of months ago- keeps her from bending her elbows so she
couldn't get to her face because she had a staph infection in a sore she had been messing with.
I make her constantly wash her hands, use hand sanitizer, etc. Oh, and she has already figured out how to get out of the arm restraints... and I have tried every way of keeping them on her from ace wraps to long sleeve shirts, to pinning the straps to her shirt.... I am absolutely at my wits end.
I would love to hear from anyone who has seen anything like this, any suggestions welcome.