Fearful of Hair

by Barbara Eaton
(East Berlin, PA, )

I have a three and half year old boy who dislikes hair. He is not just bothered by it... he is really freaked out by hair. If there is hair in the bathtub when he is taking a bath he gets very upset and has to get out of the bathtub. If I am holding him and my hair is in his way I have to move my hair out of the way. If there is hair on his clothing we have to change his clothes.


He also does not like to have his clothes wet. Even if he spills a little bit of water on his clothes we have to change him or there is absolutely no rest until you do.

My son also loves to play with Thomas the Tank Engine. All is well and good but if another person tries to play with him and does something that he is not envisioning in his mind he becomes extremely upset and will not let you play or demand that you play his way.

I am worried and obviously want to get him the right treatment if he has sensory issues. On the other hand I don't want to blow it out of control either.

My son talks extremely well, loves to eat all kinds of food, socializes with other people, etc.

Am I overreacting?

Sincerely
Barb E

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Apr 24, 2009
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Please get him help
by: Anonymous

My stepdaughter is also very fearful of hair - the only difference is she is 25 yrs old. I married her Dad when she was 15, and couldn't figure out why she was so withdrawn and ornery. I took her to a therapist a couple of times, but she refused to go after a while. She cannot have her food touching on her plate, is very uncoordinated, will not let anyone touch her,etc. Her teenage years were a nightmare. It was not until my grandaughter (her sister's daughter) started to exhibit some unusual behaviors that I happened upon this website and it is all starting to make sense to me

So EMPHATICALLY, let me say - get your son help NOW. This does not go away on its own. My stepdaughter is socially withdrawn, cannot keep friends or boyfriends, has major anxiety, and generally is not a well adjusted adult. (Despite being of above average intelligence)I am so sorry that I had no idea what was wrong with her. The worst part is I kept hugging her hoping to comfort her and I realize it was the worst thing I could be doing!!PLEASE get your son help. I wish I would have known who to turn to.

Feb 12, 2009
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by: Anonymous

I cant give you any advise except try looking around this site and join groups. Groups were SPD is discussed. We can only come out and share the struggles here and stop beating our selves up wondering if we have reason to be concerned ,we do !!

My kid was the same way and fish hooks freaked her out and EVEN hair clippys and I had to change her for reasons like a small wet spot to,to top the cake she was smart and clutzy.

Wishing you well and keep looking for help... with my kiddo I ignored it and now Im struggling to figure her out.talk talk talk ,share your concerns with your pediatrician and keep a journal.

I DON'T KNOW WHATS SENSORY WHATS OBSESSIVE AND WHATS ANXIETY AND WHATS OPPOSITIONAL NOW AND ODDITY'S GALORE BUT SHE CAN BE COMPLETELY FINE TO ,,GO FIGURE JOURNAL YOUR CHILD BEHAVIOR ,MODEL FOR THEM WHATS APPROPRIATE AND WHATS NOT IN PLAY WITH LOTS OF WORDS AND VISUALS.

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