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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)?

Shaving Baby's Head.
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I am Caucasian and my husband is Mexican, so we have a beautiful mixed little girl with a full head of hair--that is, she was BORN with a full head of hair. Now that she's 5 months old, she had "crib head(?)" She has effectively rubbed off some of the hair on the back of her head. She has this line of hair on the back of her head that is extremely short where it has broken off, I guess? Many people I meet tell me this is normal, and she'll grow her hair evenly, soon.

My husbands family has a lot of different remedies for many different things. I'm always learning of a more natural solution to many problems I would normally run up to Walgreens and buy medicine for and such. Some of them I agree with, some of them I don't like.

Apparently, according to my mother in law, they shave the head of a baby to have the hair grow back thicker, longer and faster. This seems like a great solution to the thinning hair on the back of her head, but I'm hesitant.

What if it doesn't grow back fast enough in time for the holidays? I haven't noticed it really growing, anyway, so what if it won't grow for a very long time? She loves to play with her hair, so what if she rejects the action? I have asked a few other moms when the subject comes up, and most of them tell me NOT to shave her head.. probably because they've never heard of it.

Have any of you shaved your child's heads? Is this a good idea?

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Mommy & Morgan
My 13 month old has just started pulling her own hair out. It started yesterday when I went to get her up from her nap. She had both hands/fists with hair in them. I was hoping it would be a one time deal and she'd not form a habit of this. She doesn't have much hair to begin with so if she continues she'll be bald at this rate.

This morning when I went to get her out of bed for the day she had done it again. Is this normal?! She has a doctors appointment soon for her 1 year checkup and obviously I am going to bring it up there but I was just curious if others experienced this?

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My daughter is 8 months old and has a horrible hair pulling and glasses snatching problem. I recently had my hair cut off ten inches because she just would not stop pulling it, even when it was in a bun. She has nearly broken her daddy's glasses from pulling them off (she never liked mine, thank God!). We've tried giving her a pair of baby sunglasses, but she still wants our glasses. And there's nothing that's stopping her from pulling hair right now. I've tried taking it out of her hands and gently saying no, firmly saying no, just putting her down when she does it, and even trying to distract her. Nothing works.

I'm not expecting it to be a one time fix where I just tell her no and it sticks, but even if I 'discipline it' right then, she looks right at me and laughs then does it again. She's only eight months old, so I know it is just her exploring, but how can I discourage this? It really hurts, as she spends about 80% of her day pulling hair and snatching glasses.

Attack of the hair banshee
My 2 year old daughter HATES having her hair brushed. If I even come close to her with a brush she screams. I can sometimes get it brushed/combed after a bath but it is incredibly difficult to do. Does anyone have any tried and true method to getting the hair demons to go away?

Hair girl pictured below:

My 3yo son came back from a trip to Italy (visiting grandparents) with headlice. I've tried sorting it, but his hair is so rediculously long and full, it's impossible. His hair is so long, if he tilts his head back slightly, he can sit on it. It's the most gorgeous hair and I've always treasured it, seeing it as unique and beautiful (you may vomit now, lol).

Today I'm cutting it all off. I've come to terms with the trauma because I know it's for his benefit. With shorter hair, it'll be far easier to clear the lice. He's not hugely infested -- so far some eggs and one or two live ones -- so my question is, would it be gross to save the hair I cut off, considering the lice? What would you do?

I know this is a horrible question! I'm sorry. I just... it's inches and inches of my son's gorgeous hair, his first proper haircut, and he'll likely never have it that long again. I'd like to keep the memory in a material form, but I don't know with the lice.

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Any tips on how to keep my 22 month old daughter's hair from dreading up?

eta. yes, I wash and brush her hair. It's just very thick and curly.

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