August 18, 2008

Orally fixated?

may-june 2008 427-1 I believe my son is. This kid puts everything in his mouth, and I mean EVERYTHING! If it touches his hands it inevitably ends up in his mouth. From food, to his clothes, to his shoes, to his toys, to anything he finds on the ground. It is seriously driving me crazy.If I had a nickel for every time that I said, "Take that out of your mouth, or Please don't put that in your mouth." I seriously could have a very nice vacation fully funded, with extras too. As a baby he rarely picked things off the floor, but now literally everything touches his mouth. I am seriously amazed the kid hasn't picked up some disease yet.

So I beg all of you to help me. Any suggestions on how to get a three year old to keep things out of his mouth that don't belong there? If your suggestion works I may just bring you along on my fully funded vacation.

13 comments:

Lindsay said...

Oh my...this song is totally taking me back, I love it!

Sounds like he's seeking stimulation, you might want to try buying him something that he can chew on anytime he wants.

Andrea said...

Thats funny! Sorry I have no advice for you! Maybe he will just grow out it :)

Tiffany said...

I found duct tape to be extremely helpful. If that doesn't work I don't know what to tell ya. All joking aside I don't think it ever stops. I still have to tell my 7 year old to stop putting toys in her mouth. Even my husband chews on strange items. It's a weird phenomenon. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, but is that a Space Alien I see?
Sharon

Anonymous said...

i can give you some behavior strategies that might work but are definetely a pain to keep implementing. some are actually pretty inhumane, just kidding. i think it may just be a phase. he's still sooo cute....teresa

Dave & Melissa said...

Less,
I don't know that I can give advice b/c I don't have kids however, I am a school teacher..does that count? He could have some sensory issues (OT) I would try having him chew gum or anything chewy when he starts putting things in his mouth. Chat with him about it too.
Let me know if you need more ideas. I have an OT on hand!
Melissa

The Griffin's said...

Try putting cayenne pepper on everything...is that too mean? He would probably like it though! Perhaps letting him chew on gum would be a nicer alternative.

Jenny W said...

He is soo cute! Maybe if you made him wash his hands every time then he'd start hating it and stop?? I don't know-That could just be the germaphobic part of me talking :) Good luck!

Jenny W said...

(Not meaning wash his hands every time he puts something in his mouth-just when he puts his hands in his mouth! And I like the gum idea-that might work....)

carrie said...

I have NO idea. :o) He'll probably grow out of it, don't you think?? Jaxon has started putting things in his mouth lately, and it drives me NUTS. It's a completely new thing.... Let me know what you end up doing. :o) It was fun chatting with you the other night, by the way!! I miss seeing you!!

Heidi P said...

No ideas...sorry. But he is really cute though :)

Savage Family said...

So funny!! I can relate Joey and Mikey have some quarks! Joey makes a clicking noise with his tongue it is the worst noise ever!!! Mikey sucks on his knuckle and his knuckle looks gross!

Ryan & Hayley Nigbur said...

Lessley I know exactly what you're going through. Annie did the exact same thing and it drove me absolutely crazy! She eventually stopped doing it. 2 years later she started the same habbit - not as bad. She just started chewing on her clothes! She's starting to stop that too though. I think it's just strange phases kids go through and you just have to wait it through.