While my son is watching TV or playing games, he doesn’t realize it, but he is pulling his hair out.
What can we do to help him be conscious of it and stop?
Seems like your son has the condition called trichotillomania, which is a compulsive disorder characterized by the urge of pulling out hair from different areas. This is one of the common causes of hair loss in children and is usually self limiting. This condition that is often an obsessive-compulsive disorder and it could be aggravated in children by stress and environmental factors. You should see a psychiatrist or at the least his pediatrician for further evaluation of your child. If the problem persists, it will eventually produce permanent hair loss (traction alopecia) in the area that the picking is focused.
- KidsHealth.org – Trichotillomania
- Obessive Compulsive Foundation – Hair Pulling
- MedlinePlus – Child Behavior Disorders
- Trich.org – Support Groups
Also, please read this previous posting, I Am Pulling My Hair Out and Need Advice.