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DS and DD both do a *lot* of chewing. DS chews his shirt collars, the bottoms of his shirts, the sleeves of his shirts, his toys, pretty much anything he can get to his mouth, goes to his mouth and he chews on. DD mainly sticks to her sleeves and her hair. I have looked online for chewie-type things, but a lot of them seem to be fairly expensive. I was wondering if anyone else has similar issues, and if you make them chewies, if you buy them, or just get them to stop chewing (somehow)?

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I've been thinking the same thing, I've bought a chewy tube but DS will only chew it if I pass it to him, he doesn't go and fetch it. We've tried a couple of pendants to solve the problem of needing to find it, but they haven't lasted that well and as you say can work out pretty expensive.

 

So far I've got one home made one which I made by knotting some silicone tubing together. It was OK, but did end up being quite hard. After a couple of months he's started chewing through some of the strands so I've had to remove it. I'm wondering about trying the same idea with paracord, or maybe some hemp string, just worried about them staying wet.
 

If you google para cord bracelet tutorials you'll get an idea of what I made.

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I know there are chewy necklaces on etsy that are basically knotted fabric (like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76673503/organic-chic-chewelry-for-mom-and)... I tried making one for DS and he used it for about 3 minutes, then it was right back to chewing on his sleeve/collar or the strings on my hoodie (that especially drives me crazy!!), though to be fair it wasn't very wearable as a necklace so maybe I didn't try hard enough. Basically I decided it probably isn't that big a deal for him to chew on his clothing. Toys are another matter, especially since the things he plays with & chews the most aren't actually toys, but old cell phones or chain links or paper clips... I worry about the toxins in them or him breaking his teeth on metal. The best I've been able to do is offer him food to chew (carrots, popsicles, frozen peach slices, chips/crackers, etc.) but that doesn't always work. I've thought of chewing gum but he already has stomach issues and I know gum always irritated *my* stomach. So I guess that is a long way of saying I don't have many ideas, aside from the fabric necklace.
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Thank you!

 

I didn't have a problem with him chewing on his clothes at first, but now he's chewing holes *through* his clothes, and putting holes in them, so he can't wear them to school anymore.

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I know there are chewy necklaces on etsy that are basically knotted fabric (like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76673503/organic-chic-chewelry-for-mom-and)...

 

I haven't seen that design before, however with the speed he chews through the fabric of his shirts I'd be worried he'd chew through the fabric and end up with the beads falling out.  I wonder of you could create something similar with a cord with knots along it instead of the beads, then somehow cover the cord with fabric.
 

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My son chews holes through his shirst too. Expecially now in long sleeves shirts. He has a specific shirt we put on at nap time which already has holes all down the front. I asked his OT for ideas and she brought us the perfect chewie. It clips to his pants, is on a corld like the old circular phone cords and is a tube. I'll try to add a picture after christmas. It is truly perfect.

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Originally Posted by LaughingHyena View Post

I haven't seen that design before, however with the speed he chews through the fabric of his shirts I'd be worried he'd chew through the fabric and end up with the beads falling out.  I wonder of you could create something similar with a cord with knots along it instead of the beads, then somehow cover the cord with fabric.

Yeah, that's how I made the one we tried, just knots, no beads.

DS doesn't chew holes in things (yet!!)

I wonder if just fabric scraps would work too? Cut a piece out of an old t-shirt (or whatever his favorite fabric is to chew) and sew it into a loop that he could wear as a bracelet or necklace or keep in a pocket? Or maybe sew an extra fake collar or cuffs onto his clothes, that you can remove & replace when damaged?

Also, did you see these kinds of chews? http://www.amazon.com/Chewy-Tubes-SMALL-CHEWY-YELLOW/dp/B001GMJ2Z0/ref=pd_sim_hpc_5 They aren't too expensive. Sign up for swagbucks and you can earn amazon gift cards -- I get $5-10/month from that & that would be just enough to pay for these.

Maybe silicone straws could help too? DS loves to chew on these & I just realized you can buy replacements. http://www.amazon.com/green-sprouts-Extra-Straw-Clear/dp/B002F9MUSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356045521&sr=8-1&keywords=silicone+straw
post #8 of 9

Hi,

My son CHEWS AND CHEWS also! We have bought some specialty chew things that are expensive and they don't work as well as the cheap old chew necklaces that I make him!!

 

I buy 1 foot of therapy tube from the pharmacy. But it into two inch pieces and thread them on a piece of leather. He wears it as a necklace and chews as needed! It works really well. I occassionally find his chin getting raw from the drool so I vaseline it. But that doesn't happen often enough to worry about.

I take it off when we are in a situation where I'll be able to remind him not to chew otherwise it's in his mouth constantly! But it has saved me many zippers!!!

 

Good luck!

post #9 of 9

Forgot to say we thread it on a piece of leather that we get at Michaels. He chews through that frequently but the tubing lasts a really long time!!

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