Does your SPD child chew on their hands/fingers??

Nanci - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son who in now 6 almost 7 has SPD and he chews on his fingers. He has oral aversions to foods and has a difficult time adjusting to textures. He was never the child that put things into his mouth when he was a baby....he would always gag and vomit due to the oral aversion. He started to chew on his thumb about 2 years ago but it was only once in a while. It has increased just in the last few months. It has gotten so bad that his thumb at the first knuckle is callused and looks like a huge "wart". He is also starting to bite and chew the skin off his other fingers to the point they bleed and make sores. He is also starting to bite his lip now,too. He used to chew the straws on his cups but had stopped doing that and now is doing it again. I feel like he may be nervous/anxious and this is how he shows it and deals with it. I do not want him put on any meds if I can help it. Does anyone have any suggestions????????? Thanks, Nanci

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Tiffany - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 and has not been diagnosed with SPD but his case worker from the health department did some tests on him and tihnks he may have it. He chews on his nails and skin on fingures. He also causes sores and they will bleed. They have gotten infected and he had to take antibiotics for it. I know they can do theropy with children with SPD and not have to put them on meds. It was suggested to me to take my child to a pediatric occupational therapist and have a sensory evaluation done. I hope this helps.

Joan - posted on 11/24/2013

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My son is doing something similar I'm a little scared don't no what to do he's not even two and he peels his finger tips a he bleed once .

Joy - posted on 10/02/2012

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We use a z-vibe. You can find it on amazon. He also has texture adversion. He carries it with him everywhere. Unlike your child he does like gum so we use that quite a bit. The tool has cute attachments you can change out to help. It vibrates so it gives him that stimulation his body is craving. I hope that helps!

Marie - posted on 12/02/2009

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Nanci,

Many drug stores have the baby teeth cleaning kits that have a rubber "thimble" that you put over your index finger. The bottom of this thimble has a rough texture and will help de-sensitize your son's mouth. Some parents have used baby teethers to give to kids to chew on, but they have to be very strong. I would not purchase the ones with water in it. I woudl consult an Occupational Therapist as this has to do with Sensory Ingration and can stem from a nervousness.



All the best,

Marie

Shelly - posted on 12/01/2009

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My son, 5, chews on his clothes. His therapist recommended having him drink from a straw or sippy, sport bottle, as often as possible, because the sucking motion is good oral stimulation. Also you might try chewing gum, if your son likes it okay. It can be frustrating, I agree. My son will be doing good for a while, until I forget to have him use a straw, then he's reverted right back to chewing on his shirt. I am with you on wanting to avoid medications. I don't even want to consider going that route! I hope that you find a solution that works out for you. Hang in there, you are doing a good job!

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Marie - posted on 11/06/2009

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What worked for us was to use a baby teeth cleaning kit that has a thimble-like piece that you use to rub all over the inside of the mouth. This de-sensitizes the mouth and usually helps with these types of situations.



I hope that helps.



Marie

Andrea - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son who is 3 chews on clothing and fingers and different objects. He doesn't do it as bad as your son btut his OT said it is from fear/frustration. When some scares him or he starts getting frustrated he finds something to chew on.

Nanci - posted on 10/06/2009

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Thanks, Erica. Sean won't chew gum because of the oral aversion. He doesn't like the taste and won't even put it in his mouth to chew on it. His OT gave us some heavy duty plastic tubing which we use as as straw and he can also chew on another one when he needs to. It has helped a little bit. His OT has given us a few suggestions but not much has really helped. I feel that it is a commbination of anxiety and the need for oral stimulation with his jaw. His OT feels the same. I do not want to go to his PCP and get any medication and will try everything else first. Thanks for all the suggestions! :)

Ericka - posted on 10/06/2009

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My son is 11 and does similar things. He will pick and chew skin/nails on fingers and toes to the point of bleeding and leaving sores. I keep thinking the kid is not going to have finger prints left if this keeps up. We have tried a wide varity of things. From brushing with nail brush (which worked for a while) something in hands to keep him busy also worked for a while. Now we have him chew gum. Does not always work but it slows it down for a while. Not much help but I do understand your situation. Talk with your peds. or a therapist. They will have things to help minamize it. Good luck!

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