My daughter eats hair

Chadell - posted on 05/18/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter eats hair I don't know why she is not a hair puller she is someone who eats it out of brushes does anyone know why


Sarah - posted on 05/18/2016




When I first saw your post; I thought of trichotillomania, where the person has the compulsion to pull hair or chew on their hair and often swallow the hair as well. But I agree she may fall more toward trichophagia (the compulsion to ear pulled hair) or Pica (the compulsion to eat non-food items), since she is eating from a brush. IMO I'd call the pediatrician today and get this addressed. If she is swallowing hair she can form a bezoar, which is a big mass of hair and other consumed items that form in her belly and can cause a bowel obstruction. If a nutrient deficiency is causing this, then that can be addressed. If it is a stress release or a compulsive disorder, therapy can be started.

Raye - posted on 05/18/2016




Research a condition known as Pica. It's where people feel a compulsion to eat non-food items like hair, dirt, drywall, etc. Some of these people may have a nutritional deficiency (hair is protein, so is she eating enough protein?). It could also be just the feeling of a certain texture in the mouth, or there could be no known reason for it. Many kids will grow out of it, but you still might want to get her checked out with a doctor to make sure she's otherwise healthy.


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