Is compulsive scratching common?
My mother in-law has had Alzheimer's for at least four years. She is getting progressively worse, now forgetting where their bathroom is in there home. She is crying a lot at night and also repeatedly scratching her head, causing sores. My father in-law has had her wear hats to help stop the scratching, but it only works sometimes. Is this head scratching common with Alzheimer's or could it be a medication problem?
The head is an unlikely place for itching, if that is the cause of her scratching her head. Could it be a scalp condition? Perhaps seeing a dermatologist could provide an answer. I think the hat idea is a good one. Have a variety of hats and let her choose the hat for the day. Young people like the knitted hats and they come in a variety of colors. also try to keep her hands busy when she feels like scratching with a variety of sorting activities like separating cards, folding baby clothes, buttons (if she is not in danger of swallowing them) and craft items that are seasonal.
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