HELP!!!!

  1. A 1st grader came in the clinic and said her eyelashes hurt I said why they hurt. she said because she was sitting in class pulling them out HELP!!!! Maybe I need to go to CVS or Walgreen and get some eyelash extension for this non emergency that the teacher so kindly let this little snowflake out of class to come visit ME!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   GmaPearl BSN RN
    Tell her to STOP IT! Then again it could be a symptom of an emotional disorder...
  4. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Agree with GmaPearl about the emotional disorder, all the self-hair-pulling kids I've seen have had some major underlying emotional issues going on. My SIL used to pull her eyebrows out when she was super stressed.

    If you've ruled that out...then tell her to cut it out.
  5. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from SullyRN
    Agree with GmaPearl about the emotional disorder, all the self-hair-pulling kids I've seen have had some major underlying emotional issues going on. My SIL used to pull her eyebrows out when she was super stressed.

    If you've ruled that out...then tell her to cut it out.
    When I was a kid I bit my nails; nasty habit, but not too unusual. But when I was super stressed, I bit them to bleeding nubs. Not fun. Only one teacher ever noticed it surprisingly. I was a very good student with excellent grades so off the radar for many.

    A few eyelashes to see what happened may be typical (what kid doesn't like to experiment), but if this student does this repeatedly, I'd look into it.
  6. by   MHDNURSE
    Last year, my 8 year old daughter was in the bath and I was looking at her profile and all of a sudden noticed that half her eyelashes were missing! I asked her about it and was a nervous wreck thinking she was suffering from severe stress, an emotional disorder, etc. I took a deep breath and asked "Why are you pulling all of your eye lashes out"? She looked up at me tearfully and said "You always tell me to make a wish when you find one of my eye lashes on my face, so this way I can make more wishes".
  7. by   NanaPoo
  8. by   mrsfoster601
    Oh Wow...but I don't think that's the case because she still had a lot of her lashes there and she haven't been back
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  9. by   kidzcare
    Quote from NanaPoo
    I have a friend who's daughter has trichotillomania. It's part of a bigger problem and so sad. I think if this was the case, there would be other outward signs of anxiety/obsessive behavior.

    I remember pulling out eyelashes once or twice as a kid. Just like scratching at a scab or stretching muscles, kids are experimenting with what different sensations feel like.

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