Help with mouthing and oral stuff!

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Help with mouthing and oral stuff!
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Tue, 02-23-2010 - 7:53pm

Cian has recently begun seriously mouthing his fingers and fist. I mean seriously cramming them in there and moving them around his mouth cavity. He also eats ALL THE TIME, (btw: he weighs 40 lbs and is 3'10" despite the constant eating). I sense it's related to his oral sensory needs. Anyone have advice as to items to distract him from chewing on his hands/fingers??

(Btw: if this seems repetitive I also sent something similar to a group on FB)

Dee

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Registered: 11-28-2006
Tue, 02-23-2010 - 7:59pm

Nicholas is sooooooooooo Cian!!!

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Tue, 02-23-2010 - 8:02pm

Oh boy do I feel your pain. Gabe has managed to chew his sleeves to crumpled little dirty messes. If I take away his pacifier he just moves on to something else. Today at tumble town he mouthed a dirty ball pit ball, licked this spinning thing, chewed on his sleeves, and the rope dividers. He is a chewing mess. I watched him suck his fingers at school today...and chew his shirt. Ugh....I wish I had an answer for you....Gabe's oral craving gets worse and worse.

We use sour candy, salsa, vibrating nuk brush things, chew toys....NOTHING works. If you find something that works...I would love to know about it. Gabe constant need to have something in his mouth drives me bonkers.



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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 11:24am

Gum has saved our lives, but he may be too young for that. What is it with paperclips???? DS nearly lost a tooth because he constantly puts them in his mouth and got jostled one day. Now DS constantly has a pack of gum with him (despite the school hating us for it) because otherwise he'd have shiny things off the ground in his mouth the whole time.


Part of it may also be textual (ie what his hands need to do as well as his mouth) - in our case a squeezy ball or something small to twiddle as well as the gum helped.


good luck!


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Registered: 11-28-2006
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:38pm
Haha we tried a squeezy ball and it got chewed to bits lol.
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:09pm

Hi Dee,


I know what you mean about the chewing thing.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:26pm

Alex was chewing and mouthing a lot last year, and looking back I think it was all anxiety related. Last year was a bad year for him at school - nothing really ever clicked for him (if that makes sense). He ruined so many shirts by chewing on the collars and sleeves. He stopped over summer vacation, and never started again.

I found some chewy necklaces and bracelets online that I hoped would help - nope, he wouldn't go near them.

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