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  • nzbred
    Posts: 5
    Just wondered if anyone else has had this problem. My 9yr old son is housebound,(hasnt left the house in over 7 months because of his anxiety.) It started with his face, he would rub on the same spot until a sore appeared. Now he will start picking his legs and feet until a cut forms and then continuously picks the same spots until they're open wounds and bleeding. He pretty much does it sub-consciously as he sits on his computer. He has 9-10 wounds on each leg now and obviously we are really worried about it because of scaring and infections.CAHMS dont seem too worried about it but its getting worse, we try to make sure he doesnt wear shorts and put him in trousers but then he just either takes them off or just puts his hands down them and keeps picking.We have to keep changing him because of the blood,some days his legs are just covered in blood, as is his chair and bedding. Just dont know what to do?
  • RhanHRhanH
    Posts: 1,133
    Hi nzbred, Welcome to the Forum, this sounds a very difficult issue for you. I'm afraid I don't have much experience of this personally but the NAS does have information on their web-site and I also found an on-line community for people with compulsive skin picking which has advice linked to autism that you may find helpful. I've attached the links below. Hopefully others may be able to share more personal experiences with you.

    http://www.autism.org.uk/about/behaviour/challenging-behaviour/self-injury.aspx#
    https://www.skinpick.com/dermatillomania-autism
  • nzbred
    Posts: 5
    Thank you!

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