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November 18th, 2012

Broken hair at about 1" long

A few weeks ago, I noticed that the hair on one side of my 5 year old daughter's head was really short and spiky in places. I asked if she'd been cutting her own hair, because she'd just had a friend over and you know 5 year olds. She denied it, and after looking more closely, I could tell that the hairs were pretty evenly spaced throughout her regular-length hairs, and I don't think it looks cut (or pulled).

Today I was fixing her hair and noticed her short hairs are all over the top of her hair. The hairs are half to 1.5 inches long, all more or less the same length (within 1/2 an inch either direction of 1" long), and it's probably fully 1/4 of the hair on her head. She looks like a freaking porcupine. She was pretty embarrassed about it and wouldn't take her hood off after I asked if she was pulling her hair out (I told her it was ok if she was, and we'd help her figure it out, but that it'd be good if she could just tell us if she is, and she said she's not).

I'm trying to figure out if it's breaking off (I am leaning towards yes) or if she pulled a bunch of hair a few months ago and it's growing back. She regularly gets big chunks of hair out in the comb, but her hair is fine and she tends to be a vigorous brusher, so I didn't worry before. We went gluten-free in May of this year but we have worked really hard to make sure the kids have a good diet. She is a good eater and I actually didn't have any concerns about her diet until I noticed this. We also moved over the summer, and she spent 6 (non-consecutive) weeks away from me and her dad with extended family (2 weeks with each set of grandparents, 3 sets), so there was stress too.

So, diet? Stress? Vitamin deficiency? What can cause hair to break off like that, and should I be rushing her to her doctor, or just ask next time we go (April)?

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After mirena removed

Okay so I have had my mirena iud removed two weeks ago.

Tonight my breasts are sore, almost like they are full of milk, or definitely tender like they were in my first trimester of my pregnancy. I can pretty much ensure I am not pregnant, as a few days after the iud was removed I had a pretty substantial period and since then, well...you have to have sex to get pregnant, which hasn't happened since I had a cyst removed from my scalp that was the size of a thumbnail...an entirely different issue, but since the cyst was so large, the incision pain has been pretty bad. So yeah, no dirty deed has been done.

Any one else experience this shortly after your iud was removed? Or maybe is it just coincidental timing and I am ovulating? I have heard that breast tenderness can be an indication of ovulation, and well, before having a baby, maybe I just wasn't that in tune with that particular symptom or perhaps that now I have gone through the whole breast feeding and childbirth thing, this is new for my body? FYI when the iud was inserted, I was still breast feeding, so breast tenderness was pretty much all the time.

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