Kids Chewing on their Clothes, Hair or Pencils
Here are a few reasons children may be chewing on their clothes
Chewing can be calming. Think about it when you eat you tend to relax. The act of chewing can be a way for kids to calm themselves.
Chewing can also help children focus. Students may be chewing on their clothes at school as a way to help them stay focused and pay attention.
Children may be chewing on their clothes or non-food items because they have a dental issue. We have heard from many parents and therapists that children start chewing when molars are coming in or they have a cavity. This can be especially true of a child who is nonverbal and may not be able to communicate that they are having a problem inside their mouth.
Some therapists have suggested that there is a connection between children who do little physical activity and chewing. The theory is that everyone needs to move and children who are inside a lot or have trouble with movement may chew as a way to release pent up energy.
Some children may chew on their clothes because they need to stimulate their jaw muscles. This is especially true of kids who eat a soft or pureed diet.
The child may be chewing because they have Pica.
Here are a few items we recommend for chewers:
Chewy Tubes – Super durable and have been used by therapists for year.
Chewelry Necklaces - Our most popular chewable jewelry an affordable favorite for teachers and therapists.
Chewy Pencil Toppers - clear chewable pencil tops that are not very noticeable in class.