Signs of Trichotillomania in Young Children - Look for Bald Spots and Broken Hair from Child Twirling Hair
Pictures of hair twirling, pulling hair out, and bald spots on kids
Our daughter is pulling her hair out
Our two year old daughter is pulling her hair out or breaking her hair off which causes bald spots. This may be a disorder called tichotillomania.At night she sucks her thumb and twirls her hair around her finger to soothe herself. She does it when she's tired and when she wants to go to sleep.
While we weren't concerned about the thumb sucking, the damage that she is doing to her hair has caused us a bit of concern. We tried putting mits on her hand, but she pulled those off. The best way we have found to prevent her from damaging her hair and creating large bald spots is by putting a hat on her at night. See the picture of her sleeping with her hat. This prevents her from twirling her hair while she sleeps.
We took her to the pediatrician, and they said it wasn't that uncommon in young kids to twirl their hair around their finger. Most kids will grow out of it, especially if they are young when they start. This is where we learned a bit about the disorder of pulling hair out.
As our daughter twirls her hair around her finger, occasionally, her finger will get stuck. Once it's stuck, this is where she pulls and breaks the hair. The twirling can also cause knots in her hair that can get caught and become wrapped around her finger. This causes her finger to get stuck. Sometimes, the hair is wrapped so tightly around her finger tip it turns blue. When this happens at night, she usually starts crying and calls for us to get her finger out of her hair. Usually, we can pull her hair over the finger and get it out, but I can see it getting so tight that we'll have to use scissors to get her finger out of her hair.
We've talked to her a bit about pulling her hair out and have shown her the bald spot. She has a vanity streak, so we can see her wanting to stop so that her hair looks pretty. As a parent, this is something we will continue to watch. I should note, that we've been told that if your daughter twirls her hair, chews on it, or does other things with it, it doesn't mean that they have tichotillomania, although, these behaviors are associated with the disorder.
If you have concern for your children, take them to the doctor for a diagnosis.