Does your child chew on there clothes?

Emma - posted on 01/05/2012 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son is aged 4 and has ASD. Due to his sensory preocessing disorder he has always been very tactile, loves to touch whatever he can get his hands, or mouth on.
Recently he has got into the habit of chewing on his sleeves.
He has a chewy tube which has worked in the past but it doesnt seem to deter him from chewing on his clothes.
Its obvious that the feeling/texture ect he enjoys in his mouth but its a nightmare as he will eventually chew holes in all of his clothes.
Has anyone else had a child who does this and how did you deal with it?
Im thinking of buying some sort of a clean peice of cloth or rag that is safe for him to chew on but i dont actually know of any, does anyone know of anything i can get to satisfy this new sensory need of chewing clothes? any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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Julie - posted on 05/07/2012

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My son is 7 and he chews on the neck line of his shirts and has for a long time. When we gave him gum he would stop. However, he wasn't so "neat" with gum and would get it all over the house. Before gum, we would give him sippy cups,both with or with out straws, children's blankets or cloth diapers to chew on. Our favorite was the cloth diapers becuase they are cheapest, becuase it was a no brainer that he would ruin them.

I can say that my son does seem to do this in stages and isn't always constant, and we can always tell when he is going through a "Chewing phase" because he will ask for gum non-stop and if we don't give it to him then he will chew on his shirts, or pillow, or blanket... basically the closest piece of cloth to his mouth.

Brenda - posted on 01/28/2012

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My son is 10 and still chews...I cant tell yuou how many shirts he has ruined not to mention every winter coat he has ever owned the zipper mananges to fall off because he has chewed on the zipper. We have tried gum it helps a little but he still has the need to chew on his clothing. I have suggested gettting hima chewing tube but he refuses because it looks babyish...to him. The school has even given him special permission to chew gum at school but he refuses because it against the rules. I just hope he grows out of it.

Sunnie - posted on 01/30/2013

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I'm sorry, I am new to this and do not know how to post my own question. However I am dealing with the same problem and have been for quite some time now. My son is 9 and like one of the other comments this problem has come and gone for us over the last few years. However it is at its worst right now. He is on his second winter coat, I've thrown too many to count shirts away, and he has chewed three zippers out of hoodie like jackets. My question is does this mean he may have something like asperger's? He also has recently started tearing tags out of his shirts(leaving a big hole where the tag was of course) and I have to demand he puts on underwear. Also it is not just clothing he chews on. I have had to stop buying capri suns because he will chew on the straws and I am terrified he will choke. I've found batteries under his bed that were chewed on, I recently threw his sound machine away(which he refuses to sleep without) because he chewed on the cord. I imagine some would say I am not being careful enough and should keep things out of his reach. However it seem impossible. I stop buying the capri suns and hide all the batteries so he takes the foil off the hugs drinks and chews on that, I take the foil off before giving him the drink, only to find he's moved on to grabbing his toothbrush and almost anilating(sp) it. It seems that no matter what I do he will work around me and ruin things by chewing. Not only is this a financial issue as he is on his second coat and I am throwing atleast two shirts away a week, I am terrified he's going to choke and /or ruin his teeth. He does see ot twice a month and has for quite some time, but the problem has not gotten any better, only worse. I am at a total loss as to what to do any advice would be much appreciated.

Carrie - posted on 04/18/2013

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I actually used a safty pin and pinned a wash cloth to my sons shirt he chews it now he would go through 5 shirts a week and with 2 sets of twins that cost alot of money.

Charity - posted on 01/22/2012

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My little one did that for a long time but we tried the chew bracelet and he hated it. We've resorted to healthy crunchy snacks so that why he isn't getting alot of sugar but he still gets that oral fixation taken care of. He stopped chewing on his clothes but now we have to watch him when he has is sip cup because he'll sit there and chew on the rubber straw.

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Susan - posted on 04/15/2013

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My Son 15 and his sister do this. Their dad does the same thing. They put their neckline in their mouths or sometimes the sleeves.

The 15 yr old has PDD-NOS, the 5 yr old is currently under evaluations and their dad had learning disabilities that I suspect my have been more Asperger's like just not diagnosed correctly.

Sara - posted on 03/16/2013

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my son does the same thing chews on shirts blankie and zippers, we have gone thru 3 winter jackets, and bites thru the hard straws also and when i give him an open cup he bites thru them too.

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2013

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Sunnie- it does not mean that your son has aspergers. He could probably use some more OT if he's not already getting it. Try getting the chewy sticks and necklaces. You can see if those help. There's a vibrating stick that he can put in his mouth that will give him the oral stimulation he needs too. This website sells all kinds of stuff. Hopefully you can find something that helps. http://www.sensoryuniversity.com/

Sherry - posted on 05/05/2012

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yea i totally agree ..... i bought my son a "chew stixx" but that doesnt always help and he chews on all his straws (even the hard ones) he tends to chew on alotta things his sleeves (i usually can't have short sleeves on him cause he has eczma and scratches a lot)....his cups which ruin them, legos blanket i could go on & on!!!!

Joyce - posted on 01/23/2012

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My daughter (8.5 years) is a chewer, too. She is very girly, so she loves shirts with sequins/beads/rhinestones, etc. Problem is, she chews off all the "pretty"! We've tried the chew tubes, pencil toppers, gum, raw veggies, making faces, etc...you name it. Her SLT and I have pretty much just decided to stop trying to "correct the behavior" and let her have it. Now the "pretty" shirts are worn as rewards for other behaviors and she can chew on the "plain" ones all she wants.

Helen - posted on 01/21/2012

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I have a chewer too. He's 9. I see no harm in a bit of fabric to chew on. We also have chewy tubes that can help, but not always. I'm tempted Tory him with a bit of towel. Cheap, textured and plenty of feedback from the fabric. He chews his weighted shoulder cat, it's always co,ing home to be sewn up. Give fabric a go :) it's not going hurt anyone :)

Mel - posted on 01/17/2012

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My son is 7 and has Asperger's. He sucks on tags no matter what they are on or who they are on. I can be sitting there and he comes along pulls the tag out of my shirt has a quick suck and puts it back in. Now it's all sloppy and wet but better that than say self harm to feel better. I figure what's a bit of slobber. He doesn't get sick and it hasn't ever hurt him so I wouldn't worry about it.

Better that than something that can hurt him.

User - posted on 01/14/2012

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My son Used to chew on the necks of His shirts I think He has stopped now. He is 16 & lives part time w/ Me & part time w/ His Dad. I know mine sure chewed big holes in a lot of His shirts. For mine gum would not of worked, He has no intrest in gum at all. Mine also will use His hands to wipe his nose & prefers to wipe His hands on his shirts instead of using paper towels or blow dryers. Do You think I should try cloth napkins? I wonder if they have really soft ones?

Gianna - posted on 01/13/2012

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Have you tired chewing gum? My son also has very similar needs to touch and mouth everything. Chewing gum has helped him.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2012

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There is a cloth bracelet that I've been wanting to try. My son chews on his clothes mercilessly. I cringe sometimes when he gets new clothes because I know he's going to chew them up.

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My son sucks and chews on his shirt sleeves and necks, too. A couple of weeks ago he actually had the whole bottom of his shirt in his mouth. Half of his shirt was wet! Jordan has started to bite and suck on his comforter at night recently. I asked him why he does it and his response is that he is thirsty. I don't know if that is really why he does it. I have ordered him a chew toy to try out. My son also wipes his snot on his shirt all of the time. It does not matter how many times I tell him to get a tissue, he still does it.Good luck with your son. I just wanted you to know you are not the only mom dealing with this problem.

Bec - posted on 01/10/2012

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I would be carful with gum as could get on carpet and everywhere i did try that with my son at one stage and use to find it under the lounge cushions etc but my son had a funny thing with not using the bin?? no idea why he would hide food to yet i have never told him off for not say eatting whatever he chose not to just wanted him to chuck it he still hid food.If you do end up using gum try the non suggar ones as his teeth would get heap of sugar. i found my son loved mouthing his toys and teaddies so I walk up when I caught him eatting clothes and give him a teddy those ones that are made of either hard plastic or vinyal covering as harded to get bits in mouth and easy to clean.

Carol - posted on 01/10/2012

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My son has chewed through his sleeves and his collars for years. He'd gotten out of it for a couple of years, but just seemed to start up again this year. He's 11. Katherine, would chewing buble gum help? He's very against doing anything that might be considered therapy.

Bec - posted on 01/10/2012

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my son use to suck and chew on the neck of his tee shirts or sleeves it would look like he spilt a drink on himself. he never actually digested any thing from the shirts and grew out of it oh he loved to wipe snot up his sleeve to and was a fight to get him to use a tissue or anything besides wearing it lol!! he is 12 yr old now and has none of these issues grew out of it in early primary but yes it happened for ages. oh he now sucks on my remote control to the tv so he still mouths things now and then but way less and more discreete about it

Katherine - posted on 01/05/2012

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Oral Stimulation refers to different techniques to stimulate different parts of the mouth. These exercises also provide stimulation to the mouth, and may decrease the need for the child to chew. Oral stimulation can be done by a trained therapist, or it can be done in the form of activities with the child. Some activities that can provide oral stimulation are:



- Sucking liquids through a straw



- Blowing balloons



- Blowing bubbles



- Filling up the mouth with air ( Puffing up cheeks)



- Touching teeth with the tip of the tongue and going from one end to another.



- Making different types of sounds and noises



- Pulling cheeks apart in front of the mirror and making faces





Here is the link, there is a ton of info:





http://www.sharonscreativecorner.com/332...

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