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Chewing on clothing.. and other things

(8 Posts)
Trigglesx Fri 06-Sep-13 21:30:16

DS1 (7yo) has done this off and on, but it's recently (in the last couple weeks, so not related to start of school) become a daily thing - repeatedly throughout the day. He is constantly putting things in his mouth, chewing on his shirt, chewing on whatever he can get his hands on (or his hands themselves confused).

Do those chew things really work? Is it better to just ignore it? Not quite sure which route to go on this one.

Levantine Sat 07-Sep-13 12:14:24

My DS does this and tries to chew my clothes too. I was wondering about getting some sort of plain teething ring for home as anything more sophisticated is quite expensive. I have wondered about special pencil toppers for school though. Will be interested to see what other people suggest

sebmagickittens Sat 07-Sep-13 14:57:32

My 10 year old is the same, constantly chewing toys, clothes, hands. I bought him a chewy tube and he just hides it so I don't make him use it! I just let him chew his soft toys and put up with the horrid suckiness of them, but try and stop him chewing his clothes as it ruins them. He does seem to need that constant stimulation.

Tambaboy Sat 07-Sep-13 17:25:41

My Ds (6yo) is exactly the same, constantly chewing, sucking, licking anything and everything...we even caught him chewing on his Crocs (shoes) on our way back from holiday !!! His OT has recently recommended getting him a chewy toy but there are so many out there I don't know which one to get. I'm interested to see what other people suggest.

PolterGoose Sat 07-Sep-13 19:41:54

My ds is only an occasional clothes chewer/sucker but I have these chewy bling from Sensory Smart earmarked for if it gets worse.

MyFabulousBoys Sat 07-Sep-13 22:50:21

THanks for that recommendation Polter, I have just ordered some dogtags for DS. He is already making holes in his new school uniform. He chews everything. I caught him chewing the seals on my new swimming goggles today at the pool - very irritating!!

youarewinning Sun 08-Sep-13 08:19:59

My DS is also a constant chewer. Worse when he's anxious. I've been looking into something he can have and chew that is not an obvious chew thing iyswim? I've been looking at the long coiled keyrings he would wear like a keyring and chew if needs be!

Trigglesx Sun 08-Sep-13 22:56:07

Polter, thanks for the info on that, I'll look into those. I am going to mention this issue to his teacher at school and see if it's something he is doing during the day as well. I've noticed the tell-tale wet scrunched up area of his shirt, but he does it in the car afterschool, so I haven't been quick enough to check right when he's picked up (in all the chaos).

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