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DS is 5 and is very sensory, he’s always got things in his mouth, screws, balloons, plastic, wood, stones, rubber, basically anything that will fit. He’s autistic, and seems to crave the need for something in his mouth. He also accidentally swallows things when they’re in his mouth as he’s always on the move. He obviously really needs this sense so I’m trying to find alternatives that he can use, and have in his mouth, that won’t be a danger to him. He was choking on a cloth bag handle the other day, that he’d accidentally partly swallowed whilst chewing, thankfully he managed to pull it back up.

His OT suggested chewlery/chewy tubes. The chewlery we removed when he used the bracelet as a necklace and got it wrapped around his neck, the chewy tubes he just doesn’t seem to have taken too that well, they’re basically plastic chews. Can anyone suggest any more natural chewing toys. I was thinking of things aimed at toddlers? I think I’d like to try and put together a chewing tub, with a variety of different textures in, of things that he can chew/mouth, to try and discourage the inappropriate objects. A range of natural objects, textures, acknowledging his need and trying to help redirect it.

Any suggestions? Thanks

becky

There are some lovely wooden toys for chewing… although I’m not sure if they would be suitable for a 5 yr old.. just thinking, he would be chewing harder than a toddler and then there could be a risk of splinters?  Not sure?  Does he chew, chew, or just like to have something in his mouth?

Teething rings?  They are usually a bit more stout.

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he likes to mouth, but he does chew, the end of his latest pencil’s all splintered. I wonder if hardwood would be more durable for chewing?

Liquorice root? You can buy it in packs on health food shops very cheaply, it looks just like s twig, but is slightly flavoured, slightly (naturally) sweet, and goes fiberous when chewed. Grace loves it for teething.

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I was going to suggest liquorice too.  smile

How about fabric teethies?  Like knot dolls?

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I don’t think liquorice will work, he’d go through stacks! He had a hard chewy lolly the other day and it lasted all of 5 seconds, quick chew and swallow. If he knows it’s for eating it goes straight down.

What’s a knot doll, that sounds interesting?

Thanks for the suggestions, I do appreciate them.

Becky

I don’t know where you live but if you’re near or in a town that’s relatively multi-cultural, then go to one of the African, Carribean or Oriental food shops and get some sugar cane. That’s usually very thick and sweet - yes it’s sugar but the odd one here and there won’t hurt, and it’s very tough and fiberous, much as Angie said about the liquorice root, I use them too for Tansy. It might be a bit more hardy and durable though. Also, what about getting some un-dyed leather thong and knitting it up or crocheting it into a shape? Would that be a good textural chew? I hate dummies but as T’s teething, I bought her one of those natural latex rubber ones from Green Baby for a fiver. they’re expensive but they are exceptionally chewy and she loves to bite hers. It stands up well to tiny razor teeth, so might be worth a try. It’s possibly a bit small for your 5 year old but I’ve tied it to her clothes with a ribbon so she can find it and doesn’t drop it on the floor, and if you did the same for him, he couldn’t swallow it. What about some hemp rope? It’s clean and washable and would be a rougher feeling in the mouth. Do you ever freeze face cloths? If not, it’s another teething based idea but he might like the cold and crispness of it. A large chamois leather cloth could work too, he can’t swallow it but it’s nice and soft to chew and is absorbent, so any dribble will be sopped up too. How about large corks, like champagne bottle corks? Even if he bites bits off, they’re harmless and sort of spongey feeling between the teeth. I can collect a few cava bottle (not rich enough for champers!) corks if you like ( wink )Umm, that’s my tiny brain out of ideas, I hope something strikes you and helps his oral exploration!

Love and light, Rach. x

He’d probably not manage to eat the liquorice - it’s a woody root and the flavour comes out when chewed but it’s mighty hard to get anything off it!  He’d probably only get bits off as much as he can with a pencil.  smile

Knot dolls are a version of the very first baby waldorf dolls, made out of tshirt fabric, with a simple head gathered in the middle stuffed with wool, and knotted “hands” and “feet” at the corners of the square bit of fabric.  I have made them out of cotton bandanas before, and reclaimed tshirts, and I would suggest a very no-sew version in washable fabric and with washable stuffing for the head so that when it gets wet from chewing it can be washed - or maybe make more than one!  The fabric can be wetted and frozen too, for a different sensory experience (and for teething babies, but perhaps your son would like this sensation anyway?).

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Yes, I think you’re thinking of liquorice rather than liquorice root. The root is like a proper stick - you wouldn’t be able to eat them!

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There’s some great idea’s there, thanks. Where would you get liquorice root from? He literally has something in his mouth every time I turn around, I’m forever removing coins, rubber, stones off him, it would be good to be able to offer a choice of something else more appropriate to ease his need.

Just re-read the thread, health food shop, duh!

Yep, I think our last ones were from H & B - about 10 or 12 sticks for £1.50. Bought them around Christmas time - they last forever! I only have to replace because Grace drops them when I’m not looking!

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