does anyone's children pull their own hair?

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Hayley - posted on 07/26/2010

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this means child is tired. My daughter always does it and thats when i know to put her down for a nap, along with the grumpiness and eye rubbing haha

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2013

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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...

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Nancy - posted on 07/12/2011

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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

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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

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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

Dakota - posted on 07/27/2010

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my son just turned a year old he doesnt pull his hair but he will hit himseld on the side of the head it bothers me because it sounds like it hurts

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2010

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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

Tiana - posted on 07/26/2010

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Does he scream when he does it? Is he mad when he starts? My daughter pulls her hair too. She does it when she is tantruming. I think she does it to make herself scream more.

Courtney - posted on 07/26/2010

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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!

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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.

Sharian - posted on 07/25/2010

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my daughter doesnt really pull her hair, she just runs er fingers through it when she is going to sleep.

Lisa - posted on 07/24/2010

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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

Diane - posted on 07/24/2010

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I wish- she pulls mine and has been for months (whenever I hold her or lay down with her) . I can't break her from it!

Candice - posted on 07/24/2010

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My son, when he gets upset, sometimes bites his hand. At other times he just hits his hand against his mouth. It's just one of your child's ways to cope with getting mad.

Jenelle - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter pulls her own hair, but it usually is just because she is curious about it. Sometimes she hits herself in the head too, kids just do strange things sometimes.

Desiree - posted on 07/23/2010

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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.

Kirsty - posted on 07/23/2010

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my 1 yr old has been doin it since he was 10months old, he does it very randomly and i just assume he's tired coz he pulls his hair, then rubs his eyes

Chandonlyn - posted on 07/22/2010

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Yes my daughter just made 12 months and she has been doing it since about 9 months. I thought something may have been wrong or maybe it was a phase, but its more comfronting knowing she's not the only one

Lucy - posted on 07/22/2010

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hiya my daughter pulls her hair sometimes, she does it when she gets tired or frastrated, just give him a toy or suffink then will distract him from pulling his hair :) x

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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

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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

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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

Angy - posted on 07/16/2010

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ha ha ha... it is jsut something to do. everytime mine does he is smirking... we tell hm let go and its gonna come out. we make it a game. He wotn stop ill hes ready to. So let it go.....

Jacki - posted on 07/16/2010

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My 1 year old daughter has been doing ti for months the doctor says that it may be an ear infection, i dont know how pulling hair has anything to do with ears but thats just what he said

Casey - posted on 07/13/2010

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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

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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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