He won't stop picking the scab!!! How do I get him to stop?

Judy - posted on 01/08/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have tried bandages, liquid skin, bribery, but he just keeps picking it. He is four and it is on his face. Right above his eyes. I am going to put gloves on him tonight. But he will probably just take them off and pick. Ugh! He has had it for a couple of months now. Every time it gets close to healing, he picks it and it bleeds again. He is going to have a nasty scar from it if doesn't stop.

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Heather - posted on 09/02/2013

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Put band aids on the picking fingers. They can't pick with the band aids over their nails and for my daughter she could not get the bandaid off of her thumb and forefinger because the band aids were in the way for that too.

I know this question was posed quite a while ago, but when my toddler had the same problem picking scabs on her face, I searched and this came up. Nothing worked. She constantly pulled band aids off her face, and usually did the picking in the night when we couldn't correct her. I just figured I would add an answer in case someone else did a google search on this topic again.

User - posted on 01/08/2009

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I have always had this problem - even as an adult, I find it difficult to leave myself (scabs, hangnails, blisters, etc) alone.

One thing I have found that works for me is Hyland's Nerve Tonic or Hyland's Calms Forte. They are an all-natural remedy that calms the nervous system - thereby stopping the need/desire to pick at things.

Good luck!

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Mara - posted on 01/10/2009

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Had the same same thing going on with my 3yr old daughter!!! Very frustrating! I got some liquid bandage and put that on as directed then I would put a cute bandage on it. Even if she took the bandage off I knew the liquid bandage was still there. I was also putting Mederma on it to prevent scarring. It finally healed up within a week. Good luck!

Dee - posted on 01/09/2009

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that's awesome ....good luck and keep us posted on what and what doesn't work....

Judy - posted on 01/08/2009

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Oh thank you.  I like the idea of a doll.  He has one and I can help him use the idea of being a doctor.  Also, super heroes gloves!  Definitely creative.  We tried telling him the builders need to fix it.  But it happens at night or in the morning when he wakes up.  I just breaks my heart to see him picking at it because he is adorable!  At least it hasn't become infected.

Dee - posted on 01/08/2009

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Quoting Judy:

He won't stop picking the scab!!! How do I get him to stop?

I have tried bandages, liquid skin, bribery, but he just keeps picking it. He is four and it is on his face. Right above his eyes. I am going to put gloves on him tonight. But he will probably just take them off and pick. Ugh! He has had it for a couple of months now. Every time it gets close to healing, he picks it and it bleeds again. He is going to have a nasty scar from it if doe'sn't stop.



Is there a book you have read to him about having 'boo-boo's' and if so; sometimes with toddlers it helps to make them the character in the book....and use the method found in the book: or with using gloves (excellent idea), how to incorporate a 'hero' theme, how the super hero 'saved' the skin with 'the magic hero gloves'......(to keep them on).....p.s.  = bribery never works with children ...and only starts behaviour cycles later that you may not want to continue and will find tough to quit......the more you use your 'imagination' that is geared in his 'realm', will he not pick.....is there something else he can pick?.....what is the reward....if he doesn't pick? 



Or use of dolls is good.....playing doctor....or nurse....

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