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Chewy tubes?

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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I have been suggested these a few times to help with my son's chewing on his shirt, nails, whatever he can put in his mouth... BUT basically I'm wondering if this isn't changing one thing for another also..


I just realized I self sooth and chew as well, I always have a straw in my mouth and am chewing on it, so why not use that?

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CreziaMommyTo2
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

if you want hom to use a reg straw go ahead.. they are making suggestions.. 

i know my friend uses a wash cloth... AJ never had a problem with that, but the chewy tubes didnt do it for her son...

lady_katie
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

My son's OT gave him a "chew T" for awhile, which was basically a tube shaped like a T. I tried to encourage him to chew on that instead of everything else under the sun, but he didn't seem to prefer it. 

Punkslilncs
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I just see it as changing one issue for another, people stare at him cause he chews on his shirt, or his fingers till they bleed. I have learned to pick my battles I let him chew on his shirt, cause if I don't he bites on his fingers till they bleed. I just wish I knew why and how to help him. Also yeah I realize it looks odd me a full grown adult chewing on a straw, but that's better than anything I would find ya know?

VioletsMomTown
by Robyn on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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There's something called Chewelry, and its a little less conspicuous, it can be worn like a necklace and he can pull it out and chew on it if he's stressed. Its a sensory thing, its calming and its just the way some kids deal with change or being upset. Its not a bad behavior if it helps stop him from melting down. There is a pressure issue with the jaw, and chewing somehow is grounding. Everyone has their quirks, if a straw would make him happy, then use a straw. Some people bite their nails, chew gum or the ends of pens. Its not even that uncommon in the general population.

mightymo
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

my grandson is a chewer,but a straw doesn't work for him because he chews so hard it just breaks so my daughter has ordered actual chewy thing that are ribbed and some have flavor or at least they smell like they have flavor , i know she got some from amazon or she gos to a site http://www.achievement/ -products.com

A_McCool
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM
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I don't know, but I've been tempted to try them for myself.  I chew on everything: my fingernails, pens, clothes, etc.  A few days ago, I caught myself chewing on the remote.  My parents say that I chewed the varnish off the coffee table when I was a toddler.

JTMOM422
by Brenda on Jan. 8, 2013 at 9:15 PM

My son went through a chewing phase. The Early Intervention therapist suggested straws or licorice candy. He didn't like the candy LOL  He only chews straws if they are in his cup. He went through a period where everything was a chew toy. Pens, paper, crayons, toys you name it he tried to chew it. Basically the only thing he chews now is playdough or clay. I can just take those away. The rest of the chewing has stopped on it own. I think the chew toys are a good idea if he is causing himself to bleed.

AMom29
by Bronze Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

 I just ordered terry cloth wrist bands to help with my DDs chewing.  I got the idea here, but I ordered just plan wrist bands from Amazon because they were cheaper.

AMom29
by Bronze Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

 

Quoting Punkslilncs:

I just see it as changing one issue for another, people stare at him cause he chews on his shirt, or his fingers till they bleed. I have learned to pick my battles I let him chew on his shirt, cause if I don't he bites on his fingers till they bleed. I just wish I knew why and how to help him. Also yeah I realize it looks odd me a full grown adult chewing on a straw, but that's better than anything I would find ya know?

 My DD does the same things.  I'm hoping to get her in to see my son's Specialist to see if there's something more we can do to ease her anxiety.

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