Finger sniffing

Kerry - posted on 02/11/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi my son is almost 11 and for Afew years now he's developed some really bad habits. He keeps doing funny neck movements abd moans about labels in the back of cloths that touch his neck,
He also keeps bending his hands (as though he's examining his nails) then puts them to his nose and sniffs them, when he's not sniffing he'll start with his hand in His lap and gradually bring them towards his mouth to chew when he thinks your not looking. Is this an illness. I need help as be gose to secondry school in September and don't want these if they are bad habits to continue.

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Kerry - posted on 02/11/2014

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We cut all neck labels out but some times he dose still moan until we tell him there's no lable, then he calms down.
We constantly ask him why he sniffs his fingers and all we get back when we say stop it is an angry "what"
When we ask him why he dose it he says "I don't" it makes me wounded if it's just a very bad habit or when he doing it he dosent realise he's doing it. Thinking of going to the doctors on my own first for some advice.

Dchector24 - posted on 02/11/2014

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Hi Kerry!

That is interesting. Does he tell you why he is sniffing his fingers? As far as the labels go, I would just cut them out of his clothing. My daughter is somewhat picky about that sort of thing, and long tags are itchy so I just cut them out. If you haven't already, I would just take him to a pediatrician to get checked out. They would know if he is just going through a phase of if it is more serious and he has developed a tick that is part of a larger issue. Hang in there :)

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