MY SIX YEAR DAUGHTER SUCKS HER THUMB & PULLS OUT HER HAIR, WHAT TO DO??

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Amanda - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi! I would highly recommend speaking to a pediatrician about both behaviours - although thumb sucking is not a BIG problem, but the fact that she's pulling her hair while doing this could be implying some kind of internal emotional struggle. In the meantime give lots of hugs and kisses and attention - but make that appointment with pediatrician to get to the route of these behaviours :)

Jessica - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Beth:

If you want your daughter to stop sucking her thumb you can go to the pharmacy and buy a bitter substance called Stop-zit and put it on her thumbs to try and make her quit.Or you can do the positive reward system for not sucking her thumb.You have to try the nonjudgemental approach and maybe have a little signal between you and your daughter,like a wink or a certain word whenever she puts her thumb in her mouth.The wink will remind her to remove her thumb.
You have to remember that she could end up with a negative impact from other children at school or whathaveyou if she sucks her thumb outside of home.So your best bet is to try and cure her habit of it in the most positive way you can.

and I'm wondering the same as Jackie what you mean about pulling out her hair,does she pull it out in clumps or just a couple of strands here and there?


SHE PULLS IT OUT WHILE SUCKING HER THUMB. A LITTLE MORE THAN STRANDS BUT NOT EXACTLY CLUMPS.

Jackie - posted on 10/09/2009

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I would speak to the doctor about the hair pulling. There is an OCD that is solely about pulling hair. Because she does it during thumb sucking I would suspect that the thumb sucking and hair pulling is due to stress. You might want to really take notice what is happening before during and after she does this and bring it up with your family doctor. There might be something more going on.

Jessica - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Jackie:

I'm not sure what you mean by she pulls out her hair. Do you mean she pulls her hair in a fit or do you mean she sits and pulls out like one or two hairs at a time?


SHE PULLS HER HAIR OUT WHEN SHE SUCKS HER THUMB

Beth - posted on 10/09/2009

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If you want your daughter to stop sucking her thumb you can go to the pharmacy and buy a bitter substance called Stop-zit and put it on her thumbs to try and make her quit.Or you can do the positive reward system for not sucking her thumb.You have to try the nonjudgemental approach and maybe have a little signal between you and your daughter,like a wink or a certain word whenever she puts her thumb in her mouth.The wink will remind her to remove her thumb.

You have to remember that she could end up with a negative impact from other children at school or whathaveyou if she sucks her thumb outside of home.So your best bet is to try and cure her habit of it in the most positive way you can.



and I'm wondering the same as Jackie what you mean about pulling out her hair,does she pull it out in clumps or just a couple of strands here and there?

Jackie - posted on 10/09/2009

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I'm not sure what you mean by she pulls out her hair. Do you mean she pulls her hair in a fit or do you mean she sits and pulls out like one or two hairs at a time?

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