my child puts cloth in her mouth even at 23

Nina - posted on 10/07/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My girl child puts any kind of soft cloth in her mouth while in privacy or reading, watching tv, sleeping..I am fed up ..when I ask her why do u put it..then she replies that she feel relieved. .she gets an urge to put it in her mouth...please help me to come out of this..I tried alot that she leaves this habit by putting chillies, slapping her but she has no effect. .

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/08/2014

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Ok, well, as we've said, she's an adult. If she wants to stop the behaviour, a behavioural therapist will be able to help her. If it's a 'comfort' behaviour, it's hard to stop.

However, in the grand scheme of things, she's not hurting anything, and it's HER private soothing/comfort tool. You making a big deal out of what is, essentially, nothing is only going to make it more frequent.

My adult son chews his collar when he's deep in thought. Does it hurt anything? Nope, not really. Yeah, he's got soggy collars once in awhile, but he's an adult. He knows to change shirts before heading into public, and since there's no damage to anything, its not really an issue.

You are making it an issue.

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Michelle - posted on 10/08/2014

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I agree with the other ladies, it's not hurting anyone so just leave it be. I certainly wouldn't be slapping her!
If she wants to stop then she needs to, nothing you do will help.
I used to bite my nails and my Mum tried everything to get me to stop. When I was 12 I just stopped by myself and haven't bitten them since.
If this is your only concern then you have done a good job, leave her alone over it.

Sarah - posted on 10/08/2014

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There is nothing to do. If she want to stop, she can seek help if she can't do it alone. The only thing you can control is if she lives with you, you can tell her to do it in private.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/07/2014

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If she's 23 years old, she's an adult. Leave her alone. If you wanted to stop the behaviour, the time to do that would have been when she was a toddler.

Dove - posted on 10/07/2014

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23 months? She's normal... let her be. 23 years? She's an adult... leave her alone.

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