help me to help my 9 year old daughter

Hi everyone, i want to no if you all can help me with my daughter, she has been eating her hair since she was about 2 years old and now she is 9. I want her to stop but i don't no what to do. please help.

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You must be great mother Jen.

You must be great mother Jen. I am proud of you for searching this out. I am 40 and have had trich all my life. My daughter is 3 and started to act as if she was going to pull, and I explained to her that mommy had a problem and I did not want her to be like me in this way. I would teach her behaivor modifications such as "doing her hands" "holding her hands" and I would praise her when she reached those goals. Also we do deep breathing "when she will cooperate." Right now she is not pulling, but I know onset usually begins at age 6.

Also what helps me the most and I have periods of no pulling for months at a time is I modify my diet and watch what I put on my hair topically.

To help eliminate my urge to pull: DO NOT CONSUME SUGAR IN ANY FORM. DO NOT CONSUME CAFFIENE. I DO NOT EAT PEANUTS OR SOY BURGERS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE STRONG URGES AFTER EGG YOLKS AND LEGUMES, BUT I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. SOME MAY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH WHEAT

ALSO I DON'T APPLY ANYTHING THAT CONTAINS HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN OR PRO VIT B5.

I wash my hair with all natural shampoo bars and condition with organic coconut oils. I apply essential oils that stimulate growth when I condition with coconut oils. They are so wonderful. Also aromatherapy for stress is a great fix and better than meds for me. 100% pure therapeutic grade oils work. Lavender is great for young girls. It can help anxiety and stress in a burner or with massage.

Hope this helps, Jackie.

JEN ARE YOU HAVING ANY LUCK

JEN ARE YOU HAVING ANY LUCK WITH YOUR DAUGHTER????? I HAVE A DAUGHTER AS WELL AND TRY REALLY HARD NOT TO PULL IN FRONT OF HER SO THAT SHE DORSNT START COPYING ME!!! PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED HOW YOUR GETTING ON!

While it's generally not

While it's generally not advised to replace one addiction with another, I think I have an idea... There is a vegetable called taugeh, or bean sprouts, and they look like hair follicles. My sister has been eating them like candy ever since she could eat solid food. They have a weird tang to them, but they're good for strong bones. The link has a picture of them-->
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0mITCzLp_KM/SgrcASC1NOI/AAAAAAAACdY/EtShtk3Z2s...)
And if you trust that your daughter won't eat them, flavored toothpicks might help, as well.

Another thing.. Dont act as

Another thing..
Dont act as if she has control over this. She does not.
My mother, instead of finding help for me, she would humiliate me, thinking that I could stop any time I wanted to.

Thank you very much for your

Thank you very much for your advice. I used to also spend my time looking on her head, but now am trying to stop and talking alot with her instead. One other thing is that she mostly eat her hair in the night while she is sleeping. what do you think?

Coming from a daughters point

Coming from a daughters point of view, one of the biggest things you can do is just try to be there for her. I remember when my mom first noticed I pulled out all my hair, she couldn't even look at my face anymore and she could only look at my head, it made everything 10 times worse and caused a lot of tension in our relationship. I do reccomend a therapist, as always, because having someone to talk to outside of your family is really important. One of the main reasons people pull their hair is because of stress, so try and figure out whats been going on in her life thats caused her to stress out and maybe try to help her deal with that. I've been stressed out since I was young, I even had to go on prescription meds for heartburn when I was only 6. My parents went through a nasty divorce, my dad didn't ever really care about me, and my sister and I used to physically hurt eachother on a daily basis. But again, my best words of advice are just to try and not be scared. I know it's hard to watch your daughter harm herself and you not be able to help, but to help you honestly just have to keep an open mind and remember that she needs you now more than ever. Good luck!

Take into consideration that

Take into consideration that your daughter is the one living with shame. If you tell or share faamily members then her shame will build over time and her self esteme will lower. That is what happened to me. My mother would tell every family member what i was doing as if something were wrong with me, so i grew up living with the accumilitve shame and embaressment. I still have a problem with forgiviing my mother.
My name is America. I am a 15 year old girl. I have been pulling and eating since i was 4, and I had to find help myself. I hpe this was helpful.