Our dd, who will turn five in a few weeks, is suddenly having major sensory issues with her clothing. It started with her socks. They were the same ones she's been wearing forever, and all of a sudden, she says they're lumpy. And cries. And thrashes. Won't put them on. We've tried several different kinds, and same deal.
Then one day, she added underwear to the list. Despite obviously fitting her fine, she screams that they are sticking to her (I think she means in the back because she yanks on them) She's become obsessive about wiping after pottying, saying she still feels "wet". Even with me helping her wipe, asking her "Are you dry now?" "Yes" she replies, and then freaks out once we pull her underwear up. "They're still wet!!!!!!!!!!" It took about four underwear changes this morning.
There's been other issues also. The way the inside of her boots feel. The way her jammies slide up when she's in bed.
What concerns me is that it all seems very sudden. Like two weeks ago this was non-existent and now suddenly getting dressed in the morning has turned into a huge crazy battle that leaves her frustrated and crying and me feeling about the same way! It seems to be worse in the morning and at bedtime, but even her teacher at school has commented on the sock thing being a sudden issue. She used to be able to get dressed by herself in the morning if I laid her clothes out, but now I will check on her only to find her sitting on the floor in her closet crying because something isn't right with her socks or underwear.
At first I tried to downplay it and just give her the power to choose, for example "Honey, that's fine if your socks are bothering you. Just grab a different style out of your drawer." or "Here's a soft cloth. Just wipe your butt again and throw a new pair of undies on." But it's so beyond a simple solution. She seems crippled by her anxiety and can't choose. It almost reminds me of an OCD tendency where she can't get it "just right."
Any advice? Is this a common phase? Normal for it to come on so quickly? Do I call her ped? Wait it out?