Kelsey turned (4) and our lives changed
by Kelsey's Mom
(New York, Nassau)
I too had noticed that my beautiful little girl was unique. She is always thirsty, as soon as we get in the car or get home, shoes came off. Then as soon as we got home, clothes came off and "comfy clothes" went on (usually PJ's) Nothing really added up until recently when Kelsey turned four. She was "potty trained" during the day but not at night. All of a sudden pullups "hurt" her so she refused to wear them. (even though they were needed) Countless nights of wetting the bed but we got through it. (now she stays dry all night)Then underwear "hurt" and escalated into clothing, socks, & shoes "hurting". Her hair hurts and she refuses to brush it. Even taking a bath, she dreads feeling wet after getting out of the tub and God forbid her wet hair touches her neck (total meltdown). After urinating, Kelsey says that it feels like she is dripping (even after wiping and wiping and wiping!)
I am now in the process of finding a new pediatrician because our current Dr. has totally dismissed a sensory issue and put us down by asking, "why are you allowing a 4 year old to behave like this?" My husband and I are trying to understand and help our child as best as we can but this is soooooooooooooooo frustrating. We need at least an hour to get Kelsey dressed and out of the house. (I sympathize with other parents who have written that it takes HOURS to get their children dressed) If she goes to bed with any type of clothing on it's a miracle. When she wakes up in the night to use the bathroom she has meltdowns and rips off whatever she was wearing.
I feel helpless as a mother. I feel like I can't help my child. I beg her to tell me how I can help her. I am actively searching for help for my little angel. She is so beautiful and smart but what is slowly slipping away is.......... Happy :) What I have described above is making Kelsey so angry, frustrated and is giving her anxiety. Best of luck to you all.