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Skin picking: normal or not? | Pediatric Associates

Skin picking: normal or not?

Skin picking: normal or not?

Does your child pick at their skin often? Repetitive skin picking may be a sign of something more going on with your child, such as anxiety or depression.  It could be that they pick at healthy skin, or minor skin lesions–such as pimples, calluses, scabs, etc. This disorder is typically chronic, with periods of remission alternating with periods of greater symptom intensity. If you are seeing any of the following signs along accompanied by skin picking, please notify your pediatrician for further evaluation:

  • Recurrent skin picking that results in skin lesions
  • Repeated attempts to stop the behavior
  • The symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in their every day life
  • The symptoms are not caused by a medical or dermatological condition

Please call our office if you have further questions regarding this behavior.



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