Does anyone have a toddler that does this ?

Peggy - posted on 06/08/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old has been picking at her nails and lips for about a month in a half now and she does it to the point that she makes her lips and fingers bleed. Anyone els with this problem and why would she be doing this?

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Bailey - posted on 06/08/2012

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I haven't had that particular problem but my four year old sometimes starts little habits like that. About a month ago she started scratching relentlessly. At first I was concerned and kept asking her to stop but it kept getting worse. I ended up taking her to the doctor thinking she was having an allergic reaction to something but they said nothing was wrong. I soon realized she was not actually itching, she was trying to get attention. I started ignoring the behavior and within a few days she wasn't doing it near as often, then she started up again. I eventually told her that if she kept scratching that we were going back to the doctor and going to get a shot. She hasn't started back at it again. :)

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Amanda - posted on 06/09/2012

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Have you talked to her doctor about this? There are psychological issues that make people do things like this. Best of luck!

Peggy - posted on 06/08/2012

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thanks Bailey.ever since she was born she would find something to pick at.it would be her eyes,fuzz,hair,anything lol so now i guess its her fingers and lips.i just think its so odd.

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