my almost 2 year old wont stop chewing.

Samantha - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my son who will be 2 on April 24th will not stop chewing! we cant give him anything without expecting it to end up in his mouth. he hasnt teethed since he was 10 months he had all his teeth before he was 1, he got them early. so why the chewing and how can i get it to stop? he chews everything up ruining toys, he chewed the top of his crib bar, he even tore all the cloth on his play pen when he was in it. i need help its starting to get to the point where i dont want to buy him anything new just to have it ruined just as fast in return. any tips?

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Dawn-Marie - posted on 03/27/2011

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My almost 4 year old chews on his fingers and sometimes toys and doesn't realize he's doing it... we started putting the nail polish on his fingers that stops nail biters... and on a couple toys that we've caught in his mouth and he gets that nasty taste and it's outta his mouth just as quick as it went in!

Amanda - posted on 03/27/2011

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My son who has just turned 3 did this for ages. Anything we gave him would end up destroyed from his constant chewing. He would rip through board books and wooden puzzles with his teeth. I was quite concerned about it and even his daycare provider mention to me several times. Like your son he had all his teeth very early and was never a thumb sucker or had a dummy.
The good news is he grew out of it on his own a few months after he turned 2

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Samantha - posted on 11/24/2013

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for those still coming to this post my son is now 4 and will be 5 next april. this habit never completely died he is actually a nail biter, maybe the chewing was a pre-nail biting habit he was developing not entirely sure but his doctor just told us it was a habit that will stop eventually. we have done alot of trying to curb the habit like you would a pacifier so for the most part its gone but its graduated to nail biting. when he watches tv cuddled up on the couch sometimes if he has a toy in his hand you will see him put the toy in his mouth like he used to, not knowing he's doing it almost like he's in a trance and it just happens, and we usually catch him and let him know and he stops. he never chewed to eat what he was chewing it was weird even tho he had all of his teeth, he just liked chewing on objects, the weirdest was fuzz for awhile from the couches he tore holes in the fabric and would chew on the stuffing of the couch, and i would patch the hole sure enough the next day he ripped the patch. years later of course from the crib/playpen it graduated to couch fuzz toys and now his nails. were currently looking into remedies for his nail biting habits i heard there is a polish i can use but i need to research it more to be sure its not toxic. thank you for any input you guys have had but yes its been years and he's not chewing on objects anymore just occasionally when he's lost in thought or tv it happens and we correct him and its like he didnt even know he was doing it. nobody has been rude at least i think, and doctors have been involved in correcting these issues and we have went about it how the doctors have suggested :)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/23/2012

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Well then ..I guess at least I'm not RUDE and misinformed ..besides you are responding to a post which is well OVER a year old already..I think her problem has been resolved

Ashley - posted on 05/23/2012

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Umm...PICA?! You are nuts! It's a nervous habit. PICA is actually eating and swallowing everything.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/30/2011

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This is definately not a normal thing. It is one thing to chew and leave a few teeth marks but when you are tearing something into pieces you need to look into diagnosis like PICA.

You should have him evaluated by a doctor to test for lead levels and iron deficiency.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth...

Kelly - posted on 03/27/2011

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there is a product called ChewEase that is sold by school specialty/abilitations. it is a company that specializes in products for special needs kids. i am not suggesting that your kid has a disability! i use the catalog (they do have a website) for my "normal" kids. some of their stuff is just cool.
ChewEase clip to their clothes and it's something they can chew on without destroying it. it's worth looking into, at least

Samantha - posted on 03/27/2011

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he usually spits out what he chews up, like when he tore all the cloth off his play pen with his teeth he just threw it down when he was done chewing on it. it might be his nervous habit he's never been a thumb sucker or binkie haver, it could be he just chews. thank you for your advice ill bring that up with his doctor maybe he will give me some ideas

Carly - posted on 03/27/2011

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You might have to ask the pediatrician about that one. Is he eating what he chews up or just spitting it out? I guess it's a nervous habit for him, he has some kind of anxiety and is soothing it with chewing, the way some people chew gum or some kids suck their thumb. But you don't want him ruining his teeth either, so maybe mention it to the pediatrician, they might have some sort of tips to help? Best of luck!
btw- I thought my son's teeth were all in, the doctor said he was done (he was 2 on 2/8) but lo and behold I spotted more molars cutting through today. So you never know :)

Samantha - posted on 03/24/2011

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yup he's already got his molars, he started getting teeth at 3 weeks. he's just chewing, i think now its more habit than anything. he's never had a pacifier, he had his last bottle the day before his first birthday but it was a gradual thing over the course of 2 months. he just chews and chews sometimes i look over and he's watching tv and chewing on a toy completely into the show and just chewing away. its something i would really love to stop he's ruining toys, and he cant play with his play dates toys because he chews so much

Carly - posted on 03/24/2011

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He already got his 2 year molars? Those might be coming in. Does he seem like he's chewing because something in his mouth is bothering him or is he maybe self soothing? Have you changed anything in his routine that might be making him anxious, like taking away his pacifier or bottle or started potty training?

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