She is Pulling ALL Her Hair Out!

I have been having a hard time with something lately, and I have thought about sharing it on my blog a few times but I was always concerned how it would come across or what people would think about my daughter or myself as a parent. But I feel like sharing it will put me at ease and maybe hear from someone who has gone through the same thing.

My daughter likes to pull her hair out. Really, really pull it out. At first it wasn’t that big of a deal, but it has gotten so bad that I haven’t had to give her a hair cut (she basically gave herself one) and she is now almost getting a balding spot at the top of her head.

She pulls her hair out when she is more sedentary – in her car seat, laying in her bed (nap and bedtime) or if she gets into a tired daze.

Now I have read a few things online about what it COULD BE but I don’t really know how to react or respond. I am not really a “lets run to the Doctor” type person, which is what they suggest you do if it continues past a few weeks or if they become bald.

I am not really a worrisome mother, but I can honestly say it has me worried. I don’t feel like it is a habit out of stress – she seems overall very well adjusted and happy. She eats and sleeps fairly normal amounts for a toddler. She is just making herself BALD. Part of my problem is, I am sure, out of sheer vain. Her hair is super scraggly and uneven.

So – anyone have a toddler that did this for an extended period of time? What did you do? Anyone have some words of wisdom to put me at ease?

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9 Responses to She is Pulling ALL Her Hair Out!

  1. Shara February 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Linds, my best friend growing up did this when she was 2-3. She had a constant bald spot and one day just grew out of it. She’s a perfectly normal adult and no one really knows why she did it.

    • Life by Lindsay February 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

      I appreciate hearing this Shara!!! These are the type of positive stories I need to hear!! LOL

  2. Laura February 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    It’s possible that she is seeking out some sort of sensory input that she is seeking (similar to biting nails, rocking, etc). Nothing bad about it. It’s just something you have to find an alternative for her. I’ll look through my resources and see what I can find and I’ll message you.

    • Life by Lindsay February 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      Thank You Laura, I appreciate it!

  3. Brie February 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    It might be Trichotillomania it may not. I know you said you don’t want to run to a doctor and I think usually when your dealing with a child they stop on their own but it does cause permanent hair loss. I friend of mine pulled out his eyelashes as a child and he is 28 and still can not grow them back he has no eyelashes at all.
    Good luck I hope you can find something that helps. Maybe it is out of boredom before bed or sitting still try to wear her out before bed. Do something active and then something calm like story time and prayers so she falls asleep quickly before she has time to realize she is bored. I hope you figure it out.

    • Life by Lindsay February 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

      Thank you for your feedback Brie! most things I have read about Trich is that my daughter (2 years old) is far to young to diagnose something like that. I have been thinking the same thing as well – maybe changing up her bedtime routine a little bit to see if I can help her to relax.

  4. Melissa hamilton February 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Hi Lindsay, I used to be a hairdresser for many years and had a few clients who would pull out their hair usually without the awareness they were doing it. It’s more of a compulsive type disorder. I used to do something similar as a teenager where I had a compulsion to count things like ceiling tiles. A lot of times compulsive type behavior is something children grow out of. It might be worth taking her to a child psychologist to find out if there are any methods you can try to help stop the compulsive behavior. hope that helps!

    • Life by Lindsay February 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      Thank you for the feedback Melissa! I have read a lot of online websites that are leary of diagnosing toddlers of actual compulsive disorders that young. I think that is kind of the thing in question at this point. She doesn’t really seem compulsive about anything else so it doesn’t really fit the rest of her behavior, but it is a little bit of a wait and see thing with kids this age. thats what makes it the hardest!

  5. Heather February 12, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Hi there! My oldest son has done that off and on. I took him to the doctor when it first happened (around 3) to just make sure it wasn’t something more serious. The doctor said–same as your research–that some toddlers and young kiddos just do this, and its not a disorder. They grow out of it, and so does their hair :-) My son is 7-1/2 now, and he’s had 2-3 times where he’s had thinner patches. He likes to twirl/twist his hair before bed or when he’s just zoned, similar to your daughter. It’s just a calming thing for him that he doesn’t really notice he’s doing until I remind him to stop. Now that he’s older, I just tell him he’s playing with his hair again and he immediately stops. Good luck!

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