Stop chewing on your shirt!

Taryn - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My four year old son is in the habit of chewing on his shirt. It is pretty gross to see his shirt all wet. He has only been doing it for a few month now, but whats the deal? Tonight I gave him a face cloth and said "Eric chew on this if you have to chew on something" and he did. I don't understand it, can anyone help shed some light?

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Barbara - posted on 04/24/2013

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Sounds like a lot of moms are going through this annoying thing! My son who is 9 is still doing it and its about the 2nd year into it. I do not think he is stressed out its like a girl biting her nails. Hopefully he will stop and grow out of this too.

Crystal - posted on 02/23/2009

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My 4 yr old is also doing this, he came home today with no buttons left on his school top and the WHOLE collar was chewed and parts of it were missing!!! It drives me mad, i have new school tops for him but wont let him ware them because all he does is eat them LOL. Does the tobasco sauce leave a mark?

Laurie - posted on 02/24/2009

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My five year old does this. His shirt is always soaked. I went through it with all my kids and still am at a loss. They did eventually quit on their own with me nagging them all the time.

Taryn - posted on 02/23/2009

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Mine chews on everything too.. sleeve, collar. Coffee table if he is really hungry. Lately I have been giving him a facecloth when I catch him and believe it or not he seems to be doing it less and less. I think the more attention I payed to the behaviour and stopping it the worse he would get. He is still doing it but not as often. Also, when I keep him busy he does not do it at all. Right now he is into buildning the lego kits. Hasn't solved the problem but its helped.

Jaimie - posted on 01/20/2012

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My son did that and I got him these chewy things, they are rubber and probably look like a large upside down letter P. It took care of the fixation that eventually passed. It didnt last long, I sort of thought a lot was going on with his mouth and it provided a calm element like a kids sucking his thumb

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Tina - posted on 04/10/2013

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My 9 year old son does this... collars on shirts and jackets. He's starting to get a bit of a rash when he sucks on his jacket collar, which is how I figured out what he was doing & took notice to other times he does it. He's been doing it for almost a year now, dependent on if he's wearing something close enough he can pull it up into his mouth. I'm not sure what's triggering it cuz he sucks on his jacket collar when he outside playing, walking somewhere, doing anything really. He seems to suck on his shirt collar while he's playing games on the computer or reading a book. Don't know what to do to help him stop, as he's started recking his clothes from this. He's pretty good about coming to me with any problems he's having so we can talk & work them out together. He has all his teeth in already, so I know it's not teething. And as I mentioned its been going on for almost a year now. Any help would be appreciated.

Sarah - posted on 01/16/2012

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At Jaime Ranger... I think that your reply is very thoughtful and compassionate and responsible... Good parenting through and through...my son is doing the same thing and I think it's about starting school and learning a second language and i'm certain he's not aware of the fact that he's doing it. I don't really mention it as i'm sure he'll resist if I do and I know it will pass, cause 'it' always does. I just try to lesson his stressors and after reading this will try to encourage more play... Thanks for your reply, it was helpful to me :)

Jaime - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hello - I have a 4yr old who went through this phase as well; he was just starting prek and seemed to have a lot of things going on - I think this was his way of dealing with it all at once; it was a comfort to him and it only lasted a few months...I think it's much like us adults who bite their nails when nervous....after awhile they probably don't even realize they are doing it.  We didn't push too hard to make him stop; but we did concentrate on lessening his stess and worked a bit on making sure he wasn't overwhelmed with too much ---- it seemed to work!  Good luck!

Blair - posted on 02/24/2009

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My 4 yr old sucks on his collars and his sleeves.  Gross.  I might try the tabasco!!

Vicky - posted on 02/24/2009

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well i must say that i don't really have the same problem, but my 5yr old daughter sucks her hair... if anyone can tell me how to get her to stop it... that would be great....

Tamiko - posted on 02/24/2009

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Wow, I am so relieved to know that other children do this too! My daughter, now 6 years old, has off and on spurts of chewing on ANYTHING and they usually last for 2 months or so. I have realized that it always coincides with the incoming of a new tooth. I gave her a teether a few ago and she is very happy with it.

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The only problem for me with the tabasco sauce is that he will chew any part of his shirt--sleeve, bottom, top, anywhere in between!

Denise - posted on 02/21/2009

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My son used to do this as well.I put Tobassco sauce on the collar of his jacket he used to chew on,and a couple of times tasting the sauce he gave it up.Believe me it works!!!!!

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Im sorry Im going through the same thing as you with my 7yr old. I would really like if he would stop. I can't seem to find anything that will help. If you get some advice pls pass it on to me. I would really appreciate it.

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LOL! I am laughing because my son who is 6 did this also and it drives me nuts!!!!! I had no idea what to do about it. Finally he stopped on his own. He did it for about 6 months or so. Sorry I am of no help, but I wanted to comisserate with you. 

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