I am posting because my 10 year old daughter started pulling her eyelashes out about 4-5 months ago. Her eyelashes were long and beautiful but she would complain that they were bothering her(getting into her eyes). I didn't think much of it until I was looking at her and half of her eyelashes were gone on each eye. Well I freaked out, I started yelling at her, crying etc....
She promised she would never do it again and I let it go, well she did again along with her eyebrows. I know I'm not handling it well and my husband thinks I more worried about how she looks and what the other kids will say. It's true I am but its because I just don't want her to get hurt and kids at this age are so mean. I'm just scared!! I made an appointment with a mental health provider to see whats triggering this behavior and also to help me get a better grip on understanding why my daughter does this. Can anyone relate and let me know if this is the next step I should be taking?
Re: Eyelash pulling
I can understand your concern. Eyelash pulling is part of the OCD spectrum. What that means is that OCD takes many forms and that 'symptom' is one of them. Please do not plead, yell, or do anything that might make your daughter feel worse. This is a medical condition, not something she can easily control. She will tell you that she'll stop to make you feel better about the pulling. You have done a very wise thing in hooking her up with a therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist. What might be nice is if you spent some time with her doing things she enjoys. Does she like to hang out w/friends? Encourage her to have them come over. Take her out for a special lunch on the weekend, or even to a movie. Your husband should also understand that offering her your uncondional support (without making a big deal out of it) would be the best thing to do. Let the professional assess the situation. I"m sure he/she will have solutions/tips to help you along. Congrats for getting her the help she needs. You're a fantastic mom!
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