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Old 07-24-2003, 04:19 PM   #1
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Red face 8yr old daughter pulling out eyelashes...HELP!!

Hello...I am new to this board. My 8 yr old daughter has begun pulling out the eylashes on the outer corners of her big beautiful brown eyes. I have never heard of this. Can anyone help me help her. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 
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Ok, I am no expert, but i have heard of this before. I don't mean to scare you,just inform. A good friend of mine had a daughter that started to pull her eyelashes out and then it progressed to her eyebrows and then to the hair on her head. There is a psychological condition that kids can start. I would start with calling her pediatrician, reading as much info on the internet and perhaps the pediatrician can offer some advice. Good luck and keep in touch, i would like to hear what you find.

 
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Old 07-24-2003, 09:21 PM   #3
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This started with her eybrows a little while ago. I just found out what it's called....Trichotillomania. When she was 3 she was diagnosed as having PDD, (pervasive developemental disorder) it is on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. She has always been EXTREMELY smart, but has always had some obsessive/comulsive tendencies. It is frustrating for me cause I can't help her.....she's frustrated cause she can't stop herself....So I will find a doctor who CAN help her....ASAP!!! Thanks for the reply!

 
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Welcome, Las!



My friend's daughter did this same thing when she was about 10. If I remember correctly, the doctors thought she may have a disorder that caused her to do it. They thought it was a subconscious thing for her......she was beginning to go through puberty and was dealing with some teasing at school. Most doctors felt that her "pulling" was similar to the "cutting", eating problems or other disorders that some people do to deal with stress or other issues. They felt that the teasing at school may have had a lot to do with her problem. Some doctors wanted to try her daughter on types of depression/anxiety meds. My friend already had antibiotic creams and medicines. Her daughter's eyelashes were thick and long and when she started pulling them (sides first), she just didn't stop until she hardly had any left. This was over a 1 1/2yr period. My friend decided to bypass her family doc and to see an opthamologist after about 6 months. Even then, it took a while to get things straightened out. Not sure exactly which doctor did what (sorry!) but I do remember that my friend didn't want to rush into the "drug route". One doctor recommended that she note when her daughter is MOST likely to "pull" (in her case, in her bedroom at night) and she tried to change the bedtime routine. She would either sleep in the room with her daughter or remain in the room chatting with her until she fell asleep. I guess this kept her mind off of it--anyway, after about 6 weeks, everything was back to normal. That was a several years ago (she is now 15) but she says she still doesn't know why she did it. Maybe you should "investigate" a little deeper and try to figure out if something hidden is bothering her.

This is just my thoughts.....I would definitely see a doctor/specialist with this if it doesn't stop. I remember them telling my friend that some eye disorders can cause it too BUT that if they continue to "pull" it can be very dangerous to their eyes.

Gracious, sorry it was so long! I just hope that you understand what I was trying to say.

 
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oops-----I was too slow with my typing! Didn't see your post

 
Old 07-24-2003, 10:19 PM   #6
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You are doing the right thing...and that tricho... that is what my friend's little girl was diagnosed with. Isn't it amazing that kids do strange things...things that suprise you so much...but then you find out many other kids do the ExAcT same thing??? I just think that is so amazing. You sound like great mom and I know you will get her some help to stop pulling those beautiful lashes! (can you tell i WISH i had beautiful lashes??? lol)

 
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I have twin boys aged 17 now. When they were younger around 12 one of them started pulling out his eye lashes and the other one started pulling his hair out in one spot and made a bald spot. They eventually outgrew this after a couple of years and are fine now. I made them aware of what they were doing and would try to distract them from doing it and they did it at all hours of the day and night so It was hard for me to work with them to stop the behaviour. They evenually just outgrew doing it.

 
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I got her some of those potholder loom things that girls make. Boy that'll keep her busy. Also she is quite the artist so I got her some new paints and charcoals. AND...had a slumber party.....whew!!! What we do for our kids.

 
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This hair pulling problem is linked to OCD.I have OCD and my obsessions overtake me so I could only imagine how hard it is for a child.I had OCD as a child but I never had the hair pulling part of it.If in fact your child has OCD you should have her seen by a doctor as soon as possible.OCD doesn't generally get better I am 24 and have had it since childhood.I guess it depends on the person.I have a very hard time dealing with my obsessions and compulsions.I hope you get an answer soon.Until then take care.

 
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Tonight Emily came to me and hugged me and told me "thank you" for the sleepover thing. And was very proud that she controlled her pulling.....as was I. Tomorrow is "organize the kitchen day....which she loves!!!!!...I have been diagnosed as having OCD too. Not so much with one specific thing as clean...organize....clean...organize. Not constantly, but when that urge comes over me, NOTHING can stop it. I've even been known to clean other people's houses.....Ha-Ha!!! My mom's got it made!!! It has gotten to the point where I will call her and let her know I'm in one of those "moods"....she'll put me to work in a heartbeat. Ha

 
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Hey Las!

You will have to let me know when one of those "moods" hit again.....you are welcome over at my house anytime!

(just kiddin'!)

 
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Hi... this is very interesting. I did that for a while when I was young. Can't remember exactly what age, but I think it was a period when I was having a hard time socially at school. It only lasted a year or so, and I never realized I was doing it. It was a subconcious habit, like being a nail biter, which I also was at the time. I also pulled out little clumps of hair, but I was vain enough to never make a bald spot. I stopped doing it without any treatment or even any notice from anyone. I really think with me it my have been an anxiety thing like nail biting resulting from going through puberty and having a socially hard time. I haven't done it since.
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Old 08-02-2003, 08:14 PM   #13
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Hi - just a quick note...my daughter pulled out her eyelashes accidentally b/c of allergies. She would tug on her eye lashes so much (to itch her eye) that she'd inadvertantly pull a few out. Pediatrician recommended Opticon eye drops. They help a lot. Doesn't sound like your child is suffering from itchy eyes at all, but just thought I'd include this info in case someone else was experiencing the same thing. Have a good day.
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I USED TO DO THIS!

It started after my grandfather passed away when i was only 6.
around the same time I also started having horrible bowel and stomach problems.
I have now been diagnosed with IBS(irritable bowel syndrome). Which is a syndroms brought on my anxiety and stress.

Throughout the years I have had many nervous ticks, from shoulder twitches, to constand eye blinking, to hand movements.

What your child has may be an actual disorder, but if she has had any trauma in her life I would suggest getting her some therpy to help deal with it.

Therapy isnt a bad thing, it may help to get it sooner than later.
I wish I would have had someone to talk to, other than family, when I was small to help me learn how to deal with things.


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I did this when I was about 8 or 9 years old. All I remember was it felt really good. It was really itchy in my eyelash part. My mother and Aunts all laughed at me because I pulled them all out. THe good thing was I only ever did it once.

 
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