my son bites himself

Cheryl - posted on 08/13/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I noticed a bruise on my 10 year old son the other night after he got out the bath and i asked him about it and he openly told me he was watching a video and got nervous and bit himself on the upper arm i dont know what to do? do i talk to my dr or keep a eye on it because he has never done anything like this

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Tessa - posted on 12/03/2014

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I'm 14 and I used to bite my self around that age when I got nervous as long as he isn't drawing blood he will grow out of it and be just fine. If it becomes frequent and a really bad habit rub something that is clear but tastes really gross on his arm. It helped me quite. Lotion with a strong Perfumey smell is non-toxic and works like a charm.

Allie - posted on 08/26/2014

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That must have been a shock for you. One of mine did bite himself on the arm when he was really stressed. It was also something a friend of mine's son did when he was really into something...really focused. When you asked about the doctor, were you worried it was a symptom of something bigger? By 10, you would already have the signs of something like autism or other spectrum disorders, but it might set your mind at ease if you quietly and discreetly asked if it was related to something else. I'll be it's a sign of being 10 and realizing it's a big world out there. That can be pretty overwhelming all by itself. He's luck to have a mom who cares.

LTM - posted on 08/26/2014

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He's obviously happy enough to talk about it, so it isn't a big deal to him. Be careful how you react. I'd suggest rubbing some cream on it, making a bit of a joke about it, and telling him next time to either not watch such a scarey video - or to make sure he asks you to be there to keep him company when he's planning on watching one. :)
You need him to keep being honest with you. Why would you talk to your doctor? That would just make a big deal out of something he should be able to share with you without being embarrassed or regretting it.
(Just noticed you posted this two weeks ago. Maybe you did in fact mention it to your doctor ... )

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