So relieved to find this site
I am a 34 year old mom of 4 kids. I have 3 boys & one girl. My daughter who is 4 years old, always from the time of her birth had an issue with clothes & shoes, and the problem only seemed to get worse as she grew older. When she was 2 years old I asked our family pediatrician why she was having major issues with clothing & shoes and he stated she was to young to diagnose.
Now at 4 years old, we cannot even go anywhere without her freaking out about clothes and she only wants to wear dresses, one pair of shoes,and only certain underwear. If she does not have these "only clothes" she freaks out & screams & screams and I have had to force her to wear jeans. When we get in the car she just takes them off stripping down to her underwear in a rage.
When I have gone to my son's football games she has thrown herself on the ground screaming her shoes are not tight enough... I felt so helpless because all my other kids don't have this type of behavior. Other than the clothes issue's she is a very smart,beautiful,loving little girl... I was very afraid I would never be able to send her to school with these issues.
Finally, I called her pediatrician and said please, I really think this is an issue, I can't go anywhere with her in the fall/winter because she only wants to wear dresses & tappy shoes as she calls them in 40 degree weather... I am looking like a horrible parent... I have missed out on a lot of my sixteen year old, who is graduating next year, events due to this behavior of my daughter.
The doctor referred me to a specialist that deals with clothing sensory, so I am crossing my fingers... I decided on my own to do some research & found this site... wow I am pure tears of joy in my eyes... that finally this was understood... and that I wasn't a bad parent... it was nice to know we were not the only ones dealing with this... I am hoping we will be able to treat this... and my little princess can go to school like she so wants to.
I know she does not want to feel that way... it's something out of her control... and it breaks my heart to see her freaking out over clothes & shoes. I cannot wait to meet this specialist & start working on her clothing issues... so I can enjoy my daughter & start taking my family places without the screaming & rages over clothes...
Thank you for all those that have written for us parents to read.. it really helps to see we are not the only one...
Melissa from Massachusetts