does anyone's children pull their own hair?
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Amanda - posted on 03/07/2013
I have twin 1 year old girls and they bang there heads basically all day randomly. They laugh about it. One sees one doing it there both doing it. Its worrying me because they do it so hard that I can hear the wall thump. They been doing this since around 9-10 months old. They also pull there hair and always mess with there ears but the doc said they have no ear infections. I dont wanna lose my babygirls from a serious injury...
Courtney - posted on 07/26/2010
yes my son pulls his own hair...he started doing it when he was about 6M old. Luckily he doesn't pull his hair out. But he did go through a stage where he thought it was SOOOO funny to pull mommy's hair. A few times of smacking his hand and sternly telling him no, he has stopped that. He doesn't pull his own hair as often anymore, but occasionally when he's bored, or overtired he will do it. Not sure what pulling hisown hair accomplishes....LOL...but whatever floats his boat!
Most little ones will grow out of this. But if he starts pulling his hair out, you should check with your Pediatrician. I had been pulling my hair out since I was 2. It's a condition call Trichotillomania and it affects 2-3 percent of the world's population. It's socially debilitating, but not life threatening. It's also something that is not heavily researched due to it's shame based nature. Let me know if you have any questions at all! I've been through it all. Don't be suprised if your Pedi doesn't know much about it, or tells you that it only starts at puberty. I am living proof that it starts much earlier. Good luck to you. And I'll be praying that your baby stops.
Nancy - posted on 07/12/2011
Hair pulling can be a way to self-calm. It sounds as if it would do the opposite remarkably. I would not be concerned unless the baby/child has other repetitive habits. Head banging or rocking along with hair pulling may indicate a stimming behavior.
Try just removing the hand and placing it firmly in their lap.
If anyone is concerned with other behaviors, please check out my blog which discusses "stimming" and spectrum issues: www.milestonemom.com
Penelope - posted on 07/27/2010
OMG! I can relate to your frustration. My daughter turned 1 July 5th and she used to pull her hair so bad when she was around 5-6 months, that I just took a pair of scissors one day and cut hair as low as I could. It definetely helped and when it grew back she did not pull on it nearly as much. However, I finally figured out that it was because she's been teething for six months. She has 8 teeth in the front and 2 back teeth are coming in and she pulling her hair again. I bet your baby is teething too.
Lisa - posted on 07/27/2010
It's strange you should say that Dakota......as i said above my daughter will pull her hair, but it's not regular!!! However, last night b4 her bath time, she smacked herself in her head, so made me wonder if she had a headache or something. I am trying to keep a look out in case it's more teeth already. Kids huh!!! lol x
Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2010
My daughter is 1 year and she does it when she is being goofy or if she gets frustrated. She also sometimes hits her head on the floor or a wall then laughs. It kinda freak me out but I am hoping she will stop it soon
Lisa - posted on 07/24/2010
My LO has been doing it for a couple of month's now, and like other moms have said above, it's when she is tired or mad at something. I just move her hand away now and say it's okay and she will leave it at that :) it's just a phase i guess x
Desiree - posted on 07/23/2010
Karters been pulling his hair since he was about 7-8 months. he does it when hes fusturated or really tired. n i noticed latly hes been going for his ears to. as long as ur lil one isnt pulling out chunks theres nothing to worry about.
my little girl does i think it's because it's touching her and she doesn't like it. but i know that my little sister used to twirl her hair as a baby when she sucked her thumb and ended up with a bald spot cause she would rip it out when it got tangled. it your baby seems to bedoing it for comfort I would personally try to stop it but that's just me.
Jacki - posted on 07/18/2010
Courtney done that aswell, I found that if I pretended to cry she seemed to realize that what she had done hurt mummy and she actually gave me a cuddle and a kiss, I supose it does depend on the age of bubby but it cant help starting to teach them while they are young courtney was 5 months when this happined
Jeanette - posted on 07/17/2010
mine sucks his left thumb and uses his right hand to play with his hair at the same time sometimes - cute - however not so cute he really likes to pull my hair and thinks it is funny
he also grabs, pulls earrings, necklaces, buttons etc
Casey - posted on 07/13/2010
most kids will go through a stage where they will pull on their own hair and most of the time it is because they are either tired, frustrated or teething, watch him closely when he does it and see if it is just before nap times cause maybe his getting overtired, or have a look at his gums maybe his got teething pain, there is usually reason why they do it.
Shalaina - posted on 07/12/2010
Oh yes, and he has been doing it for a couple months now!! I tell him firmly 'don't pull' and he tries to say 'pull' and then usually does it! I then tap his hand and put him down. The bugger grabbed my earrings the other day!
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