Our daughter, Katrina has always been sensitive to smells, tastes and loud noises. It was something I just thought she'd outgrow as she got older and more exposed to things. She does not eat any fruits or veggies. She will eat strawberry jam and strawberry bars and drink grape and apple juices. But this doesn't convert to real apples or strawberries. Weird, but I figured she'd outgrow it one year.
But now it's gotten worse. If I have an apple in my hand I am told to wash my hands before i touch her or her stuff. Today ate a raw carrot and then touseled her hair. She cried and said she has to wash her hair. But i didn't see her go to the bathroom so i thought i'd wait a while then ask her if the feelings inside of her had calmed down, thus demonstrating that ocd is conquered by NOT doing what it says. When i said this to her, she told me she DID wash her hair. She took a spray bottle filled with water from her vet kit and sprayed her hair. Not exactly a 'wash' by my standards but it seemed to make her feel better.
She will run away from someone with fruit or veggies in their hands. The dog had a grape in her mouth this morning and she ran away from her long after my son removed the grape from the dog.
In school she would sometimes not eat her lunch because the kids beside her had fruit or veggies. I insisteed she must eat lunch.
When I mentioned to the doctor that she was starting to wash her hands/ want me to wash mine when I had eaten an apple before i was allowed to touch her computer, all he mentioned was that computers are dirty and it's ok for her to want others to wash before they touch it. Is 6 too early for ocd? Sometimes I wonder if she is faking it but her screaming and running in fright seem really genuine. And it is EVERY time I have fruit / veggies that she bugs me, not sporatically as if she's just remembered to do it.
I didn't have contamination ocd- or any other, I don't think- at that young age. Did any of you? Is it time to call a psychologist?? I'm not sure about how I should deal with it. ERP for a 6 yr old seems like cruel and unusual punishment- do they have less horrific ways of dealing with it in children, since they aren't as entrenched yet??
...Or do I just entertain myself by chasing her around the house with fruit? lol. (I know, it's not funny to have ocd esp. at that young age but the thought has crossed my mind a few times)