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lorrainelorraine Member Posts: 2
edited June 2014 in Parents and carers
Hi, does anyone have any ideas for my daughter who chews zips, buttons or any type of fastening on her coats, if she can get it into her mouth. I try to buy coats with plastic zips and i always put a neckerchief around her neck to distract her and mostly she will have a nibble at this instead of her zip. The worse time is when she is travelling home from school on the school bus, she has a 45 minute journey and whilst her travel escort is very good at keeping an eye on her its also quite difficult for her as she has several other children to watch. Becky is 17 and i like her to wear trendy coats but they all seem to be unsuitable and i worry about her damaging her teeth, any ideas would be appreciated, thanks


  • JimJamsJimJams Member Posts: 175 Listener
    My son also likes to chew inappropriate things like blue tack or burst balloons, i worry about him choking on these things. I can usually get them off of him but if you are not around to constantly remove zips etc from your girls mouth. Maybe making up a wee ring of different sensory items for her to chew or touch, my son likes to chew soft felty items also , or sook bits of material, these are not as problematic, maybe you could make a robust sensory item and attach it to her jacket for her to feel or chew. Its not ideal but I think chewing is something they enjoy and will do it anyway, but if you can control it a bit more with this type of thing, it wont be as stressful.
  • HeatherHeather Member Posts: 188 Listener
    SNAP! Mine's been through cuffs on jumpers, collars, belts, watch straps anything he sees goes in the mouth, remote controls, mobile phones....we have teeth imprints everywhere including his fingers that are bleeding and now quite deformed from the constant chewing. His OT did give us yards of a rubber tube that we could cut and get him to chew on. This helps, more like a teething ring. But at the age of 9 we buy hard rubber toys, more socially acceptable. He eventually takes lumps out of them, but at least it's not lumps out of himself.
  • LoopyLooLoopyLoo Member Posts: 1
    My son chews everything to, clothes, remote control, rubber on his bike handle bars, he had a wooden bed he chewed that. So we got him Chewelry. You can get different types, either a necklace or bracelet. so its wearable which is really good. You can buy them from fledglings website.
  • BusyOTBusyOT Member Posts: 77
    Good to know you can get Chewelry in the UK now!
    Is there anything else she could do on the bus? Portable DVDplayer, IPad, Ipod, books, fiddle sensory items, etc. If the behaviour is at its worse on the bus and on the way home I wonder if its tiredness, boredom etc.
    You describe her as chewing the zips, buttons etc which might suggest she is looking for something to manipulate in her mouth or the harder texture. Is she allowed to eat on the bus - dried apricots or other dried fruit might replace the sensation she is seeking.
    Let us know if you found anything that helps!
  • chewingchewing Member Posts: 1
    There is a new type of chewelry now called Kid Companions Chewelry.They benefit kids, tweens or teens that must bite, chew or fidget. They are safe, bpa, phthalate, pvc, lead and latex free. Kid Companions are stylish and discreet allowing a child to fit in. They are FDA approved, sourced in USA/Canada, made in Canada and sold to the world!
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