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DD was born with a full head of dark brown hair. From there it grew in blond, and kept the dark tips. She is ripping it out of her head now. She always rubbed her eyes and pulled her ears when she was tired, but now it's her hair. It's only started recently but now when she gets tired she reaches behind her ear, grabs and pulls clumps out. So now she has short blond hair on the sides, and back(from wear and rubbing on pillows) and right on the top of her head about 4.5" wide is 6" of hair. I do tie it up but try not to everyday because a trusted hairdresser told us the constant tension can damage and pull the hair roots up and cause growth problems. I hope this doesn't come across a vain because really I'm more concerned about the pain and why she is doing it.<br><br>
So I'm wondering since it is summer and hot should I just cut it anyways, or tie it up every day? I love her hair I really do and love doing it, it's just so "her" but I don't want to see my DD hurting herself. What's going on here, and what would you do?
 

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My DS also had a hair pulling thing when he was about 6 or 7 months old. By the way, he also had a weird fetish about pulling on his ears too, although he never had an earache <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
With my DS, it just passed. When he would do it, I would just remove his hand and say no. I would try to distract by putting something interesting in his hand. If we were BFing, I would hold his hand and play some silly kissing game with it to distract.<br><br>
I would imagine that cutting it wouldn't really help much. My DS has always had short hair and little of it, but still managed to pull it. I am sure this phase will pass sooner than you think. Do not fret and I'm sure she'll be on to something else soon enough! Good luck!
 
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