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#1 of 7 Old 03-18-2012, 01:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Wondering if getting a chewy tube would help DS some or if there are any potential negatives or precautions I need to be aware of... I don't really know much about them!

He is 3yo. He has no developmental delays but does have severe anxiety & some sensory issues. He's also weaning (mostly his choice, though I'm encouraging it) which I'm guessing is why we're seeing a lot more oral stuff right now. He is constantly chewing on things. I guess I thought he'd stop chewing once his teeth all came in but it's been a good 6 months since the last came in & he's still gnawing on everything! He also seems to be eating a lot less lately, which could have nothing to do with it but maybe is related, IDK... Anyway, we have a gift card to Amazon & I was thinking a chewy thing might be good for him but I'm not sure. And, I'm admittedly not crazy about him having plastic in his mouth all day (but I guess he does anyway... hard plastic or metal toys are his favorite things to chew on).

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He also constantly sticks his tongue out &/or licks his lips, especially when anxious i.e. social situations. I don't know if this is a sensory thing or more of a nervous tic (he's had other tics before)... would a chewy tube -- or something else I haven't thought of -- help this at all??

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I am not sure, but hoping someone will answer this too.  I want to help my son stop chewing his shirts to pieces. He chews the necklines. He puts everything in his mouth and also he bites still.  I think the biting is due to frustration or excitement and his desire to for oral stimulation. My son turned 4 in December.

 

Is your child's similar? 

 

 


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I tried the chewy tube with my son. He had developmental delays and sensory issues. He also has tics. He chewed everything when he was a toddler. Once he started school, he would eat erasers...literally. I guess he had a touch of pica. He had habits on and off, like teeth grinding, nail biting, and shirt chewing. His OTs felt that chewing in class might help him to pay attention and focus, so we tried the chew toys shaped like Qs and Ps. One time I went to visit him in class and his chew toy was sitting on his desk and it was all dirty and dusty. I decided not to use them after that. He eventually outgrew his chewing habits! Your child is young enough to try it out for a while, but for me, I think it was best to stop encouraging chewing since my child was older and starting to outgrow some of his chewing habits. 

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DS has not really taken to his, I keep it available and hand it to him if I see him chewing. He will chwe it for a couple of seconds but then abandons it and if it's not right there when he startss chewing he doesn't go and find it. The other thing for us is that he seems to prefer chewing fabric and I don;t think he's keen on the feel of the tube. If you LO likes chewing toys that may be less of a problem.

 

We had more sucess with a pendant which he could wear, however it was a teathing product and didn't stand up to his chewing. I'm not looking at other wearable options, I think having it right there is key. Also not droppping it on the dirty floor is a bonus.

 


 

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I'm an early intervention therapist who helps little ones with sensory and communication issues.

There are quite a few different types of chew tubes (the Ps and Qs, the oral therapy tubes shaped like Ts with different textures) as well as different items that give oral motor stimulation.

It sounds like many parents try one or two and give up if they don't work. My suggestion is to buy one of each of 5-6 kinds and offer them regularly and often to see which kind works for your kid. Then buy several of those and keep them around the house. Sometimes families will have a bin in the livingroom just for the chew items that they can go into whenever the child is done with them, and it makes cleaning and finding them easy. You can teach your child to put it back when possible, and you can put it in there whenever you find one. Then direct your child to the bin when it seems like he needs one.

This doesn't mean that they work for every kid but many kids I've worked with have found that one particular brand really works for them.

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Just a quick update, DS has still not really taken to the chewy tube, though he will use it when playing on his DS. A great imporvement over chewing the stylus!

 

However we've got him a couple of tangle toys to fiddle with and he's really enjoing those. He has one at school which they give him when they are sat on the carpet and for a few minutes before they come home (a time when he was chewing a lot). It's only been a week but he seem to really like it hasn;t chewd his sleves or lunch box handle all week.

 

He still doesn't ask for it, but at least we've found somethign to calm him when the teachers notice he's feeling a little stressed.

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