Eyelash/eyebrow pulling

Mary Beth - posted on 03/19/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 10 year old daughter has recently started pulling out her eyelashes and eyebrows. I am getting her help but I am wondering if anyone else is experience this and what are the ways you show support. Honestly, I still want to just yell and say why are you doing this but I know that's not the solution. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Laura - posted on 04/21/2013

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Your daughter is suffering from a very real condition known as Trichotillomania, and you are right to get her help (and as you say, yelling at her is absolutely the worst thing to do). You should be supportive and let her know that even though it's difficult to beat, she can do so and you will be there with her ever step of the way. I know, because I suffered from this condition for over 30 years, from the time I was very young. I just wish my parents had done something for me.
I recommend that you do is get some books and read up on the condition (full disclosure - I have written a book entitled 'how to Stop Pulling Out Your Hair, which is on Amazon). I also recommend giving your child an all natural oil (mine is Trich Stop Oil) that she can use to rub into the area. It will soothe the follicles, relieve the urge, and most importantly reprogram her brain to stroke rather than pull. This is very important at this young age when neural passages are being programmed.
In any case do continue with your efforts to get a system in place to help her stop. She won't just stop on her own and needs help and a system. Good luck to you both.

Mary Beth - posted on 04/08/2013

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She seems to do it when she is frustrated mostly. I try not to get upset but it is so hard for me to hide my feelings, its doesn't help that I'm such an emotional person. I've tried to figure out why she does it I have started taking her to a therapist. Im just lost but yes it does help, anything helps. Thank You

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Alicia - posted on 03/28/2013

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Is she doing this when she is mad or when she concentrates? My son use to pull his hair out when he got mad or frustrated & actually suck on his arm or bite holes in his shirt when he would try to concentrate. My son is also 10 but he as ADHD also & the doctor told me that is his way of showing how he feels & the only thing I could do was ask him not to & try to sit down & talk to him to figure out what was wrong. I hop this helped

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