eating crayons?!?

Alleah - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




does anyone else's kid do this? Every time I drag the crayons and colouring book out, Anna starts EATING the crayons! It doesn't matter if I color with her or not, she just has this irresistable urge to bite those crayons! Does anyone ehave any tips to help deal with this? I am at my wits end!


Jodi - posted on 09/30/2010




My daughter has done this a couple of times too. I think the biggest thing is to make sure the crayons are non-toxic so you know it's not harming her. Yesterday when she bit down on a crayon I made her cry (not intentionally) by sticking my finger in her mouth to get all of the pieces out. She didn't get much of it, so the pieces were small, which made them harder to remove. Hopefully the unpleasantness of having my fingers in her mouth was enough to make her not eat crayons again :o)

Amanda - posted on 09/30/2010




My son is 2 1/2 and he will still occassionally eat crayons. He had a really bad chewing problem where he would put everything in his mouth and chew it. He could shred board books with his teeth. I used to say he was a puppy in a past life coz he used to chew so much.
If I saw him doing it I would tell him "no we dont eat books/crayons or whatever" and take it away. It took a while but he soon realised that he would have nothing to play with if he kept on chewing things. I tried everything, diversion techniques, giving him something else to play with, making a loud noise so he would jump and forget what he was doing. I tried telling him off, ignoring it and eventually the taking the toy away worked.


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Nikki - posted on 09/08/2012




The other day I caught my one year old son eating crayons. I didn't know if they would get him sick or not. But after finding out he has been eating them when I wasn't looking and from what his doctor said, he'll be fine. :) Which being an 19 year old mom, for the first time, was a relief..

Jennifer - posted on 10/06/2010




fortunately, they are non-toxic! does she eat other odd things or just crayons?

Curi - posted on 10/06/2010




didn't you know! CRAYONS ARE TASTY! haha Just kidding! we were at bob Evans and she had crayons for the first time. we talked and stopped paying attention to her cause she was coloring.....she ate the top half of the crayon.... good thing they are NONtoxic! so now i make sure she has a paci in her mouth when she colors. idk how old yours is. we have been trying to weeeeen her off it but i figure its better for her to suck on the paci then eat wax. and NO OFFENSE>>>>> markers are a horrrrrible idea....idk about you... but i dont want my white couches or walls OR carpet colored with markers....annnnd i dont want her eating that either... i would rather deal with the eating of the crayons. i like that thought as a joke....but not literally!

Susan - posted on 09/30/2010




I don't know how old your daughter is, but my daughter went through a period where she did that. She's now 25 months and doesn't do that anymore. If I would see her do it, I would just remind her that they aren't for eating and make sure she took them out of her mouth.

Annie - posted on 09/29/2010




OMG I have the same problem with my almost 2 year old boy now, but this he was doing for the very beginning still don't know how to kick that habit!

Elaura - posted on 09/29/2010




Is it just the crayons or does she put other things in her mouth. My baby whos a 1 she eats it all my 3 yr old shes learned to keep things out of her mouth, but use to eat it all.

Lindy - posted on 09/28/2010




My daughter is 19 months old and I have the same i just figure that i will wait to have her play with crayons until she understands not to eat them..its funny tho even if she finds one on the floor or something i will see her with blue or purple teeth and i just laugh and clean out her mouth.

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