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I really don't think it is an allergy or skin issue, more of a mindless activity or something he does when he's upset. His but & his hips are coved in horrible looking scabs from scratching himself. I keep his nails cut & his skin moisturized but nothing stops him. He reaches in his diaper or he starts the min I take his diaper off. Any ideas? If it is a skin issue, why does he scratch only this area?<br><br>
ETA: This has been going on for probably a little more than year, so it isn't anything new & he was really little when it started.
 

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I scratch myself. Mostly on my legs, I have awful scars. But I have started on my legs now. I have read that it could be anxiety. I've had it for YEARS.
 

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Wow, my son does/did the exact same thing. I'm sorry I don't have any advice for how to stop it. My DS used to scratch his butt and hips something awful, and I never figured out why. He only does it occasionally now, so hopefully your son will outgrow it, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, my son does/did the exact same thing. I'm sorry I don't have any advice for how to stop it. My DS used to scratch his butt and hips something awful, and I never figured out why. He only does it occasionally now, so hopefully your son will outgrow it, too.</div>
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When did he stop? Now that I've posted this I am wondering if it has to do with the cloth diapers. As horrible as I feel about it, I am going to buy some sposies tomorrow & use those for a while to see if it helps any <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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My kids have all done this at one point or another. Cloth, sposies, whatever....<br>
They all have insanely sensitive skin and while they were in diapers they would scratch their butts and hips when I was changing them. DS used to scratch even after he got potty trained. I don't know what it is, but we've had scratchers every time. DD (11 mths) is just now getting into it. I hate it because she makes scabs, but I still haven't found anything to make her stop.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does he scratch when he's sleeping or only when he is awake?</div>
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Awake mostly, but I can think of a few times when he was in that semi-asleep, starting to wake up phase that he did it too. But those times he was upset & he does it often when he's not happy.
 
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