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I have a spirited two year old boy who picks at any scab, scar, mark, blemish...you name it, on his body. And he won't stop. I've figured out how to deal with him picking other parts of his body (I put on a really sticky band aid that he can't get off) but I don't know how to stop him from picking his lips. He picks them until they are bleeding, oozing and really sore. They aren't chapped or anything before he starts. It's just a really bad habit of his. He does it when he is alone in his room and we can't see him. My guess is that it helps him to relax and relieve tension. I have no idea what to do to get him to stop, or how to redirect that nervous energy. Does anyone have any ideas? Any moms of spirited kids deal with similar issues? He is an unbelievably intense, high energy kid.
 

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Ha. If I had a penny for every time I said "stop picking your lips!", I'd be a rich woman! I find that if I put chapstick or aquaphor on them it helps just because they are less chapped and he can't get as much traction on the skin with his fingers. It's annoying, eh?!
 

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Have you considered trichotillomania? As someone who has suffered (and continues to suffer from this) it's a possibility.
 

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I have considered that he could have an actual disorder, but at 2 years old it is impossible to really know. We'll have to wait to see till he's older and he is actually developmentally capable of controlling himself. At 2 he couldn't be expected to have the impulse control anyway. So we'll see. I suspect that in the next year or so he'll figure out how to vent that tension some other way. We'll keep trying with the blistex and vaseline, but I guess we'll just have to wait it out. I was joking with my husband that we need a stuff toy that has scabs he can pick instead of picking his own <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Scabby the bear.
 
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