How can i make my daughter stop scratching herself

Carmelita - posted on 07/05/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My daughter scratches herself open everyday,it happens mostly at night when its time for her to go sleep or while she is sleeping.She eats alot of sweets and drinks alot of sweetened juice can this be the cause?Is her blood to rich or something?Is there something i can use?Please help i get real scared when she scrathes her open like this.

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Cherie - posted on 07/06/2011

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Everybody has a million suggestions of how to change your daughters bathing,eating,washing habits. But the one thing that stood out to me, is that you said she only scratches when she is IN BED. My daughter has had skin allergies before, and she scratched all day long. The question is, does your daughter ONLY scratch when in bed. If this is the case, PLEASE take my suggestion and just have a look at her bedding before uprooting your world. Check her sheets, pillows and the crevices of her mattress for little black "x" shapes or "cross shapes" If you see those, it's a sign for bedbugs. It will look alot like pen marks or ink marks on the fabric. I don't mean to freak you out, but it's an easy thing to rule out by just checking.

Noel - posted on 07/05/2011

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My son has always had super sensitive skin and he would scratch every night. I have tried just about every lotion/oil there is. Taking showers instead of sitting in a hot bath helps lots. Also grapeseed oil is really good for dry skin I bought it on Amazon

Jodi - posted on 07/05/2011

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She shouldn't be eating a lot of sweets and sweetened juice. Not only because of the sugar, but have you seen the other crap they put in those things? All the additives, preservatives, etc. It isn't good for her, and this is before we even get to the scratching. Some of the additives/preservatives could be causing the problem. How about you fix her diet and see if this helps.

My daughter gets the itches, she just has super sensitive skin, and reacts to grasses. It tends to be seasonal, so at certain times of the year, she can get really badly itchy. I bathe her in QV oil and Pinetarsol, and follow it up with Dermaveen lotion. It seems to settle her itches. So you could give that a try.

But work on that diet. You may find it makes a HUGE difference.

Tiffany - posted on 07/06/2011

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where is she scratching herself? on her arms, belly, legs... or her privates?
My guess would be she's either a very frusterated child, with no way to cope excpet for the scratching... or she possibly has eczema? (extreme dry skin, very itchy and painful)

How old is she?

Also, just as a side, sweets and sugar juices are really an unhealthy choice for any age, but especially in childhood. they fill her up with calories that have NO nourishment, therefore her brain and other parts are not growing the way they should. they cant. there are no vitamins, no minerals, no good fats... so even if this isnt the cause of the scratches, I'd cut them out right away.

Rebecca - posted on 07/05/2011

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Put a stop to the sweets! I would suggest substituting with pure Stevia (Sweet Leaf brand), honey and/or agave nectar. The sweets will bring on candida buildup in her system leading to a variety of problems, including skin irritation, foul-smelling burps, and thyroid problems to name a few. Until her body has a chance to adjust to the sugar-detox, I'd recommend some soothing essential oil such as lavender, myrrh, or apricot. The scent of lavender produces sleep-inducing alpha waves. Myrrh has incredible healing properties, and apricot is high in vitamin E. Use a few drops of each and massage them together onto her skin. There are NO harmful chemical additives - hope this helps!!

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JANE - posted on 06/17/2013

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Hi my 8 year old daughter does exactly the same thing. she has dry skin and it itches, but some times im convinced shes doing it out of habbit. ive recently found Eucerin they do shampoo and shower gel and a dry skin cream ive been using it for 2 weeks and the scaring is going, shes stopped waking at night, its like heaven sent. obviously you should get a doctor to diagnose, but this can be bought over the counter or on prescription and cant do any harm in trying. Its a bit more expensive but worth every penny. Hope she gets better soon.

Linda - posted on 12/28/2012

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My Granddaughter who is 5months old scratches her little face and the top of her head but it is only at night, her nails are kept short, and they have tried putting scratch mittens on her hands but she manages to remove them and scratch herself silly, and in the morning her bedding is covered in alot of blood, and she is still only on a bottle and nothing sweet, she was 5 weeks premature. No bedbugs either x

April - posted on 07/07/2011

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if shes a baby u can get some mittens for her to wear so she cant scratch. Same if shes older but she might take them off = / id have her doctor take a look she could have a skin condition or something.

Sharon - posted on 07/06/2011

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I have 6 kids and two of them have skin issues (Like me) I would take her to the doctors my daughter get diaper rash really bad and she stratched herself alot my dermotologist told me to use Triple Paste and it is awesome she has stopped I just have to change her often and right away when she poops. If is it not on her diaper area she could have allergy to something she is eating or drinking. Hope this helps She still gets itchy and when I see her do it I change her a put lots of cream on.

R - posted on 07/06/2011

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Well for starters, you can protect her by clipping her nails short and having her sleep with mittens or socks over the hands to keep herself from scratching while she's sleeping. Put some Neosporin on any open cuts and give them a chance to heal. Then, I would try cutting out the sugars and any other possibly inflammatory foods including gluten in her diet for a couple of weeks - perhaps an experiment of "clean eating" and "clean living" is what you need to see if her symptoms improve - clean her environment of all possible allergens and use only hypoallergenic products in cleaning her as well as the house, her beddings, clothing, etc. Hopefully that will help to resolve the issue. If not, take her to a doctor specializing in dermatology or allergies - they should be able to pinpoint the issue and help you resolve it.

Lashanna - posted on 07/06/2011

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Try using cetaphil soap to bathe her instead, as well as there is a lotion in a white jar the brand is vaseline moisture locking, it is a thick white cream. My daughter had lots of issues with her skin and would itch until she bled. This has helped us extremely :)

Allison - posted on 07/06/2011

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It's called GO TO HER PEDIATRICIAN!! Not only should a child not drink a lot of sweetened juice or eat a lot of sweets, but scratching herself open, especially when she's asleep is signs of a problem, whether it is a medical problem or a psychological problem. The only way to get it to stop or at least alleviate it is to GO TO HER PEDIATRICIAN!

Jenni - posted on 07/06/2011

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It does sound like an allergy or dry skin then. Try switching to hypo-allergenic detergent and fabric softener. Or don't use fabric softener. Use very gentle shampoo and don't use much soap and no bubble bath. Also, adding a little olive oil or baby oil to her bath will help relieve dry skin if that's the culprit. Aloe vera as lotion and everything 'unscented'.

Keep her nails trimmed and file them rounded. You can probably get some cortisol/anti-bacterial cream from her doctor to heal and prevent infection of any open wounds from the scratching.

Jenni - posted on 07/06/2011

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Well first you could try cutting out the sweets all together to rule that out.

Fran's suggestion is good to try a more gentle fabric detergent or softner.

Where does she scratch? Is it all over? or where her clothes touch? or localized areas?

My son has CSP (chronic skin picking) and picks the skin on his nose and inside of his ears. I have to keep his nails incredibly short and filed which really helps. It's a form of OCD (but not necessarily OCD itself) comparable to chronic nail bitting. Just FYI that there is a condition like that, that exists.

Fran - posted on 07/06/2011

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If she is only scratching at night time she may have an allergy to whatever you wash her linens with. This happened to my sister when she was little. The fabric softner mum used had eucalyptus in it and she was mildly allergic.

Bernadette - posted on 07/06/2011

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my sister had eczema so badly when she was a kid that my mum used to have to bandage her hands before bed otherwise she did the same thing. They used cortizone cream and also had to change her diet, cutting out a lot of sugar, salt, etc, and only have natural foods. She didn't start sleeping solidly right through the night until she was about 12 years old, when the severity of the eczema started to lessen. If it is exzema, she should eventually grow out of it. But if it's something else, you might be able to resolve it a lot more quickly with the help of a doctor or naturopath.

Rebecca - posted on 07/05/2011

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She may have an allergy- perhaps you need o see someone about it, whether it is to something she is eating or if she has eczema, you can narrow it down with the help of a Dr. There are medicines and creams to deal with the itching but if you don't address the cause it won't stop. Also it can't hurt to reduce her sugar intake- as you think she has too much. Good luck.

Cherie - posted on 07/05/2011

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Where is she scratching? If you mean her vagina, she prob has an infection. If you mean everywhere else, she probably has bed bugs!! I just had a recent case of bed bugs and they are awful. If she has them, she has to be super uncomfortable. Check her sheets, pillows and the crevices of her mattress for little black "x" shapes or "cross shapes" If you see those, she definately has them. It will look alot like pen marks or ink marks. Bless the little sweety!

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I would suggest taking the sugar out of her diet (lollies, juices etc) I find with myself that if I have high sugar levels it makes me itchy and brings out eczema. You say that it also happens when she goes to bed, I would change to a milder laundry soap (BioZet is a good one & what I use) and maybe double rinse the washing. I would definitely be looking at her diet tho. Try for a fortnight and if it doesn't work you might have to go and see a dr for an allergy test. Also use a moisturizer on her skin preferably something perfume free. Good luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 07/05/2011

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Comming from a pediatric nurse... Give a bath before bedtime, but do not use soap..use something like phisoderm or aveeno bath, then blot dry and immediately put on aquphor and use a lot. Then put on the long sleeve and long pants pj's so they can't itch. And either use benadryl or ask the pediatrician for atarax. This should help.

Jenn - posted on 07/05/2011

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If her skin is dry overall then it may be allergies, if it is in patches, it could be mild eczema. My daughter gets very itchy after baths or swimming. We use Aveeno lotion while her skin is damp and it helps tremendously. If she is really uncomfortable, I give her an antihistamine such as childrens benadryl. Sweets aren't good for a number of reasons but it can increase yeast production in girls which leads to itchiness. Reducing her sugar intake should vastly improve her skin issue. Also, have her take quick baths in lukewarm water. Water is actually very drying to our skin.

Carmelita - posted on 07/05/2011

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She is 5yrs old,thanx guys for all the tips,will definetly give it a try

Jodi - posted on 07/05/2011

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LOL Andrea, OMG. Try putting something on his nose picking fingers that smells really bad?

Andrea - posted on 07/05/2011

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How old is your child? You could try giving a little benedryl or other antihistamine before bed. My son gets a case of the sniffles every evening so I started to give him a chewable Claritin before bed. This has helped him. My thought is that it is allergy season so perhaps she is having an issue related to something in the air. If she is old enough, I'd say give it a shot. Claritin and Zyrtec (which are all available in generic and very affordable) are able to be given at 2 years or before, I think. Of course, check the box of meds for dosage information. On another note: my son picks his nose every night while he's trying to go to sleep and ends up getting gushing nose bleeds. If anyone knows any medicine for that just let me know ;)

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