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old girl started pulling her hair out in bunches

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A 3 yr. old girl started pulling her hair out in bunches. She is very smart and you are able to talk to her as though she is much older.   She has a 16 mo. old brother and a 3 wk. old sister. Why would she start doing this and what can be done?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dermatologist replied 8 years ago.

Dear jdbd5,

Welcome to Just Answer,

From the information given by you, it seems your daughter is suffering from Trichotillomania,

a condition where the person develops the habit of twisting hairs around his/her fingers and pulling it when he/she is psychologically disturbed.

Take care as the child may even suck or eat the hairs but don’t worry as this habit in children can be treated completely.

Consult a Psychologist or Psychiatrist for further management.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank You, XXXXX XXXXX Pediatric Doctor had already responded over an hour ago...
Expert:  Dermatologist replied 8 years ago.
Anyway , you are welcome always.