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    Default How to stop 5yo chewing on his shirt?

    As the title says. He sucks/chews on the neck of his shirts. The front is always wet and he stinks. The collars of his school shirts are ruined. If it's not his shirts it's the drawstring off his pants. It's frustrating.

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    Yep, both my ds's did this at around that age. I just had to keep reminding them not to do it.
    I wonder if you could spray something yucky tasting on his clothes? (Eg: rid?)
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    One of our mums at school used to put extra hot chilli sauce on the collar?

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    Honestly some times I think you're talking about my son, our kids sound very similar just 2 yrs apart.

    DS is 7 1/2 and still does this sometimes and if it's not this he's pulling at his tops and stretching the necks. My best guess is its a tired thing but I don't really understand and he can't tell me why he does it.

    Quite frankly I cracked it and told him the next top he ruined he would have to use his savings to replace. We went through and counted his piggy bank and wallet and how much it would cost to replace a top and well he wasn't thrilled about that.

    For the most part he has stopped doing it, if he does do it we have the same conversation. I wish I knew what triggered it but I did notice a number of kids at school doing it so decided it wasn't a sign of too much more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    What about a chewable bracelet? http://shopau.sensorytools.net/as_oralmotor
    I'm not sure the school would allow it

    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    Yep, both my ds's did this at around that age. I just had to keep reminding them not to do it.
    I wonder if you could spray something yucky tasting on his clothes? (Eg: rid?)

    Quote Originally Posted by mrsharvey View Post
    One of our mums at school used to put extra hot chilli sauce on the collar?
    I was thinking pepper, but I don't want to hurt him.

    Quote Originally Posted by ICanDream View Post
    Honestly some times I think you're talking about my son, our kids sound very similar just 2 yrs apart.

    DS is 7 1/2 and still does this sometimes and if it's not this he's pulling at his tops and stretching the necks. My best guess is its a tired thing but I don't really understand and he can't tell me why he does it.

    Quite frankly I cracked it and told him the next top he ruined he would have to use his savings to replace. We went through and counted his piggy bank and wallet and how much it would cost to replace a top and well he wasn't thrilled about that.

    For the most part he has stopped doing it, if he does do it we have the same conversation. I wish I knew what triggered it but I did notice a number of kids at school doing it so decided it wasn't a sign of too much more.
    I've tried the money thing, but he doesn't care (he is spoilt and thinks we have an intimate amount of money all can buy anything whenever).

    Any ideas why they do it? We remind him every time we see him chewing it, a minute later he does it again.

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    Do you notice it happening more at any particular time of the day? I think DS is worse later in the day when he is tired. I think it's a combination of tired and nervous (like sporting things for DS that he's grading in). It may be an anxiety thing, I do think sometimes DS might suffer from a little anxiety but I'm not sure what is age appropriate or something more to be concerned of.

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    You can get stuff from the chemist that's for thumb suckers, but it might stain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    You can get stuff from the chemist that's for thumb suckers, but it might stain?
    That's a good idea, it can't make his shirts look any worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by ICanDream View Post
    Do you notice it happening more at any particular time of the day? I think DS is worse later in the day when he is tired. I think it's a combination of tired and nervous (like sporting things for DS that he's grading in). It may be an anxiety thing, I do think sometimes DS might suffer from a little anxiety but I'm not sure what is age appropriate or something more to be concerned of.
    He does it all day, but yeh I notice it more in the afternoon as that's when I spend more time with him when he isn't busy (mornings are for getting ready for school). He does it at school a lot more than at home so it could be an anxiety thing. He also chews his nails (but I don't see him doing this).


 

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