Hello all. I was looking for answers on the internet and I came across this site and I'm hoping I can get some help, insight or answers here. I hope you don't mind the intrusion, since it is not me with the skin problem, so please bare with me as I am just a mom trying to help my daughter. So here it goes...
My daughter is 8 years old and in 2nd grade. This started in Aug 2007. Ever since then, she has been picking her body bloody. It started with her face in 2 different spots, while those finally healed in December of 07 (and left not so pretty scars), we now have 4 new spots on her face, 3 on her legs (these are from Oct) , 2 on her arms (1 recent, 1 around 2 months old), 1 on her hand. I can't get her to stop. I bandage and medicate them nightly, but she's embarrassed to be seen in school with bandaids all over her face. The facial area is our biggest problem. She cries every night when she looks in the mirror because she says she looks ugly and the kids tease her over them. But she says she doesn't even realize she is doing it until it's done. The picking she started on her face she started from smooth skin. I am at the end of my rope because I don't know how to help her. We've talked about it, I've grounded her, I've given her more attention and so on. I'm lost and I'm beginning to think she honestly has no clue she's doing it. She's upset because I can't give her the answer and she thinks because I'm mom I know what to do. I wish moms knew how to fix all but I'm lost. I'm going to make an appointment with her pediatrician and see if she knows what I can do, but I don't know what will happen there.
So I'm pleading for help from someone. Any ideas, thoughts, have your kids done this? I just want to help my daughter before she scars up her beautiful face anymore than she already has. I'm sorry for rambling on, I guess I just got carried away. Thank you for any help or insight you can give me.