My son is 4.5 yrs and still put everything in his mouth and it drives me insane. He puts dirt in his mouth, plants, play-doh, his hands, his shirt, toys, his shoes, I could go on and on. It has gotten to the point where I cannot turn my back for a second. He's been doing this forever but last week he started preschool (Head Start to get help w/ his sensory issues) and it's gotten worse. Today when I picked him up from school him and several other kids were brushing their teeth and spitting into the sink - DS took a cup and scooped up the spit water and I yelled "DO NOT DRINK THAT" but of course he drank a huge cup of it. I almost threw up.
I've mentioned it to his therapist and we've tried giving him safe things to chew on like aquarium tubing and gum but he still chews everything. He actally ate a big chunk out of his flip flop and I had to throw them out. WTF?! I feel like I've given birth to a puppy.
I need ideas on getting him to stop, it is getting dangerous. I've found chokables in his mouth several times. It is hard to keep everything away from him because he's so tall and knows how to get his hands on what he wants (step ladder). HELP!!
Zen doula-mama to my spirited DS1 (2/03), my CHD (TAPVR) warrior DS2 (6/07) & a gentle baby girl (8/09)