Hi. This is my 1st time posting outside of Single Parenting, but this is not really a Single parenting type of issue.
My almost 4 yo DS seems to have some nervous type behaviors. I'm wondering how common this is, how concerned I should be, and how I should handle it.
Currently he does a lot of "licking." He is constantly licking his lips above and below them. The skin below his bottom lip and often his chin as well gets very red, irritated and sore. Then he complains that his face hurts. I put lotion on it at home and try to always have chapstick handy for him. And it seems to go in phases. I can't really put together any sort of pattern as to when it's worse. I used to think it was worse when he was away from me... at school or at his Dad's. But now I'm not so sure.
He seems to like to lick things in general, always has his fingers or hands in his mouth, will drag his hand down his bottom lip, etc.
In the past he used to chew the top of his shirt or his shirt sleeve until it was soaking wet.
Any thoughts or similar experiences? So far I am trying to downplay it, but I think he knows it gets to me. I hate to see his face all red and sore!! Plus his father is always telling him not to lick. He is resistant to that idea, says he likes to.
All of a sudden lately he also does not want to go anywhere in the house on his own (and I have a small house!). He wants me to come with him to the bathroom, etc. But can't explain why. AND he started suddenly having hard drop offs at school after being fine and loving it there all year. No apparent reason and he can't seem to tell me.
With all of those thing together... do you think I should be concerned? And if so... then what?