Posted by: Mrs M | 2008/07/04


Unusual fidget

Good day. I have a son who is 9 years old and is ADHD. About three weeks ago he pulled some of his eye lashes out and I thought that maybe he was just very drawn to one of his DVDs or games that he has done it un noticely. Yesterday he has pulled out almost everything including the ones that just started growing back. He says that he feels something is eating inside his eylid and if he pulls them out it is gone and feels better. He knows why he's got eyelashes - for protection. He can not go out the house without his eyes being saw so I got him some dark sunglasses and also can't washes his face properly as his eyes then hurt. I don't know what it could be, if I see that he pulled some out and I ask him about it he looks shocked and if he doesn't recall doing it. Where do I go from here?

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Mrs. M,
On the face of it it does not seem to be directly as a result of the ADHD. It may be worthwhile taking your son to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist to rule out any possibility of an eye infection/disorder. If there is nothing physically wrong with his eyes it may be a soothing behaviour which makes him feel better when he is stressed or overwhelmed by a situation. Can you pin point any situation occurring roughly the same time as he first pulled at his eye lashes which could have been particularly stressful, even if it did not appear so at the time? Your GP will be able to refer to an optometrist or psychologist in the area.
Kind regards.

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