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On My Mind
Octomber 4, 2010

My Special Daughter

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(10):898. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.165

Although the calendar says she is 11 years old, in thoughts and words Kendall is 3. She curls her long legs beneath her and sucks her thumb, her waist-length hair pulled into whatever elegant style suits her and her mom that day. Certain T-shirts she will wear; others have the wrong picture on them or an objectionable texture, a violation of her skin's enigmatic sensitivities. Brushing her hair can be agonizing because she is so sensitive to the smallest tug on her follicles.

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