how do you get a toddler from eatting his bed?

Emily - posted on 07/16/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son has been taking huge chunks out of his bed with his teeth and no matter how many times we try to defer him from doing so, gate, giving him toys, etc, hes always finding a way to take chunks out with his teeth left and right his bed is being destroyed. i need some ideas on how to get him to stop any one have any ideas?

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Sharon - posted on 07/16/2011

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Does he actually try and eat it? If so, take him to his doctor and his blood tested for iron deficiency. There is a condition known as pica that people, mostly children who have some kind of mineral deficiency want to eat unhealthy things like dirt, clay, metal and other non-edible items.

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Michelle - posted on 07/16/2011

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Is it the bed frame or the mattress? I would say you could spray it with vinegar or something that would taste bad to him. I don't have any real experience with it but it seems like it might work. Other then that you could just put him on a mattress on the floor until he outgrows it. Good luck. That's a unique problem.

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