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My 6 year old

I have a 6 year old daughter.  Shes been licking her hands, licking her fingers, licking anything she gets her hands on.  She also has to shake whatever is in her hand back and fourth.  This has been happening for about sometime now.  Im very concerned and I will have a doctor evaluate her.  but til then, does this sound familiar to anyone??? Help please
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13167 tn?1327194124
Well you're certainly not alone!  If you try to google "child licks hands",  google completes the phrase after just typing in "child licks".

There are theories that it's related to autism,  and many say it's not related to a disorder,  but rather,  anxiety.

It will be informative what your doctor says.
973741 tn?1342342773
Hi there.  Sorry you have this worry with your child.  I know first hand how these worries can produce anxiety in a parent.  I'm very glad you are seeing her doctor to discuss this to put your mind at ease.

It is hard to say.  I know that sensory integration disorder (and most autistic kids have sensory issues although you can have sensory integration disorder without autism) do tend to have this impulse.  Often kids must smell as well.  

But again it is impossible to really understand what is going on from this snippet of information.  When is your doctor's appointment?  
4851940 tn?1515694593
Does she have any problems with speech and communication?  If not,
have you asked her why she is doing this?

It would be interesting to see how she responds.

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