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How to Minimize Your Child’s Hand In Hair Syndrome

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2014)

Have you noticed your child pulling on their hair? This might be a case of Hand In Hair Syndrome.  Don’t worry, it is nothing deadly. Hand in Hair Syndrome is simply a condition where a person is constantly playing in their hair by pulling, twirling, or twisting it. This condition can cause hair loss, known as, Trichotillomania

What can you do to stop this behavior?

Get to the root of the problem 
Talk to your child to find out why she picks her hair and how she feels when she’s doing it. For example, I find that my daughter often plays in her hair when she has a stressful event coming up such as a test.

Modify your hairstyle, wear protective styles

If you normally style your child’s hair loose (not in protective styles), there is a greater tendency for them to play in it. So keep the hair bounded in protective styles such as cornrows, plaits e.t.c. This will restrict them from playing with the hair since everything is braided up and they probably don’t want to mess up their cute hairstyle.

Look for other ways to occupy their fingers
Provide your child with other forms of distractions that will get their hands busy.

Therapeutic help
If you have tried everything and haven’t seen any positive results, you may seek professional help to prevent an early onsite of balding.

Do you or your child have a “Hand in Hair Syndrome”? If so, how do you deal with it?

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