My 5 year old son chews on everything

Jamie - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 years old. He has developed this habit of chewing on EVERYTHING that is in his hands. I don't know what is causing this and what I should do to stop it. Everything that I have looked up about it says that it caused by stress. If it is I don't know how to stop it. I mean he is to young to really understand stress. Can someone help me on suggestions of is this could be true and what I could do to stop it. Thank everyone for the time.

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Maureen - posted on 01/12/2010

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Google sensory integration and chewing objects. My son did this too. He would come home from kindergarten jump on the couches and chew his sleeves. There is a specific reason why they do this the articles will help you understand. email if you have other questions.

Jessica - posted on 01/12/2010

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Did this behavior start recently, or has he always done this? My son was a chewer also - everything! He would even chew on his t-shirt neck. He was very intelligent and very high strung. I gave him licorice sticks (not the candy, but the actual thing which you should be able to find at a natural foods store) and Xylitol gum (which is now called Xylifresh). Both are good for the teeth and gums, helping to prevent tooth decay.The problem, however, is what to do in class, as they are still against children chewing gum.

My son is now almost 29, so he survived. He tried smoking briefly, but never really developed a habit.

As an aromatherapist, (I trained when my son was in his teens) I also recommend soothing baths before bed. There is a product called "Colour Bath" which you can use. It's perfectly safe and does not stain. I recommend using the blue bath with your son, as it is relaxing. Add some chamomile or lavender essential oil to a diffusor in the bathroom while he is in the bath, and you can even purchase a plug-in diffusor for his bedroom, so there is no open flame. Follow the instructions on the package for use. Very easy and effective. Because he is so young, these are the two essential oils I recommend.

For stress management, refrain from giving him sugar as much as possible (honey and maple syrup are better, as they are foods, but still should be limited), as well as highly processed foods containing food colorings. These are known to aggravate tension in the body. Physical exercise is a good release also, so outdoor games are recommended. Try to do things in an environment that has a lot of greenery, like a park, as the air is less polluted where there is plant concentration.

Please contact me for more information, if you would like. I have been a complementary health care practitioner for many years and I also raised five children, each quite different in temperament and needs.

Good luck.

Jennifer Rose - posted on 08/17/2013

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I don't think this is a stress thing.because my daughter been doing it since she grew her teeth and what kind of stress can a baby have? O_0 well any way her aunt would call me asking why is it i woke up and your daughter done chewed up all the ends of my blanket. I was so embarrassed i replied back with i dont understand why she does that i dont know if its a problem or if her teeth are still growing in and it feels good on her gums i have no clue. So im guessing it was not her teething cuz here she is almost 9 years old still doing it the ends of her blanket are all bit up and ruined.... whats going on feel free to email me jennifermontanez10@gmail.com

Maureen - posted on 01/13/2010

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Magnesium helps with stress. Most kids are deficient in magnesium today not bc we are bad moms its because we don't have the same food supply as our grandmas or for you guys great grandmas did. If you don't believe me buy the DVD food inc mind opening. An easy way to relax your kids and to get magnesium into them is an espom salts baths. Just be aware if they drink it magnesium is helpful as a laxative which is a good or bad thing depending on your kid.

Ardis - posted on 01/12/2010

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The Bernstien Bears have a great book about sister the nail nibbler. Mama and Papa Bear give her ten pennies at the beginning of the day. She carries them in her pocket and the jingle reminds her not to nibble her nails. Each time they see her nibbling she has to give back a penny. At the end of the day she gets to keep any pennies she has left. I tried this with my daughter years ago and it worked. When the pennies add up, they get to buy a treat at the store. Due to inflation, you might want to use nickles.

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My daughter did the same thing. Here favorite was her shirt sleeve or favorite blanket. I would just roll up the sleeves and comment on how wet and yucky it was etc. The more I told her not the more she did it seemed. She did eventually grow out of it.

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My son started doing that at about the age of 5. He is 6 now and it isnt as bad but he does still do it. We would have to have him change his shirts constantly because they would be so wet from chewing on them

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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Like everyone else has said this is a stress thing. Has there been any recent changes or was he doing this before? It also could be an iron deficiency. Does he take vitamins? If this he does then it is an anxiety problem and this should be taken up with your physician. If he does not try giving him vitamins and see if this helps. If it does not again talk with your physician. He more then likely will tell you it is a habit that a lot of kids do.

Stacey - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son chewed on a few things at the same age. I think they feel stress and let it out by chewing. I began in kindergarten. The doc said he would outgrow it and he did. I gave him constant posiitve reinforcement and the need not to do it over and over. He is 7 now and it is gone. Hang in there!

Susan - posted on 01/12/2010

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join the club so does mine including school jumpers i told him off and smacked the back of his hand this didnt work so i told him he will get poison in his tummy from the wash powder guess what i think its worked give it a try xx

Tonya - posted on 01/12/2010

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my friend's son did this. The Dr. said it was a nervous habbit , like when people bite their nails. Did he just start school ? Perhaps he is just a bit stressed w/ the change in
of going to school ? Or did something else change in his schedule ? Just talk to him &
see if he's worried about anything & let him know you are always there to help.
Best of luck :)

Tanya - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Jamie:

My 5 year old son chews on everything

My son is 5 years old. He has developed this habit of chewing on EVERYTHING that is in his hands. I don't know what is causing this and what I should do to stop it. Everything that I have looked up about it says that it caused by stress. If it is I don't know how to stop it. I mean he is to young to really understand stress. Can someone help me on suggestions of is this could be true and what I could do to stop it. Thank everyone for the time.



Hi I had the same thing with all my 5 kids and they do grow out of it at about 8years old not sure if its caused by stress just tell your son to stop  and if he stops chewing on things  reward him  hope that this is helpfull

Cortney - posted on 01/11/2010

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Kids chew, be consistent on the reprimands. My son chews on his shirt collars still and he is almost 10...my niece chewed on her hair until my sister cut it off. I keep hoping they will out grow it!

Tequilla - posted on 01/11/2010

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I wish I could help but I have problems with my 5 year old biting his finger nails. If you hear of any thing that would help, please let me know and I will do the same.

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