"when kids are cribbing?" - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 10-31-2012, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Washington
Posts: 87
• Horses: 0
"when kids are cribbing?"

Okay... So maybe not on wood but my three year old is chewing on his sleeves. Like suckig and chewing until the wrist is socked. I started putting him to bed shirtless but he then does it to blankets. Parents are saying .. its a phase... But any experience or ideas to curb this behavior would be great!
LizNicole520 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 10-31-2012, 11:22 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 41,058
• Horses: 2
It has to be a phase, 'cause I can't remember seeing any teenagers sucking on their sleeves. But, no , I have no experience with that. I would have traded that happily for the son i had who wet his bed until 8 years old. Now, that was a lot of sheet washing!
tinyliny is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 10-31-2012, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 3,888
• Horses: 2
He's most likely teething, molars specifically. It's awful but it will pass. My kids did it a bit too.
Delfina is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 11-01-2012, 07:39 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 1,886
• Horses: 3
I love a squirt bottle for "unwanted" habits. Nose pickers,eaters really bother me but give them no warning and a shot of water catches them off guard. Worked wonderfully for me with some kids I watch!
Chiilaa likes this.
WickedNag is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 11-01-2012, 08:30 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,610
• Horses: 1
It's a comfort mechanism. Like thumb sucking etc. I wouldn't worry much about it.
Posted via Mobile Device
tinyliny likes this.
cakemom is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 11-01-2012, 08:34 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eastern Ontario
Posts: 1,166
• Horses: 3
I used to do that to the ribbon on my baby blanket. I think it was a phase for me, but I remember it started to give me problems with my teeth. ( I can't remember what exactly.) And my dentist told my mum to cut the ribbon off.

Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine, yeah we'll be fine.
BornToRun is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 11-01-2012, 09:04 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 5,153
• Horses: 0
If it really bothers you (it would bother me, the thought of the cloth in the kid's mouth makes me feel queasy...) then try something unpleasant tasting but not harming to skin. My first thought was something like a vapour rub - not sure what you would call it in America, the stuff you rub on your chest when you get a cold, smells of camphor and eucalyptus. That'll stop it, and it won't hurt him to touch it. It might not look amazing - but then neither does a soggy sleeve lol.

Mods, grant me the serenity to see the opinions I cannot change, courage to change the ones that should change, and the wisdom to spot the trolls.
Chiilaa is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 11-01-2012, 09:29 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 24,973
• Horses: 3
Have you asked him why he's doing it?
I dont like these sort of habits but it does sound like a comfort thing - not much different to a dummy/pacifier so maybe somethings worrying him - monsters under the bed etc
Give him some motivation for not doing it like a gold star on a wallchart with a little reward when he achieves a certain number of stars. Start out with something achievable
jaydee is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 11-01-2012, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Washington
Posts: 87
• Horses: 0
I have asked him why he does it and he just chuckles and says because or he wanted to. He doesn't do it with me other than the blankets at night. I only see him chew/suck on clothing with me .. rarely. Its when he is not with me. Single mom here, but we live with my parents untill I move in with my girlfriend out of state next year. It does make me crazy - ruining clothes and the fact that I do not know why he is doing it. He started doing it before we changed day cares last month so it was before any big changes were made. Its been a tough couple years for both of us though so I was thinking maybe he just finally is finding an outlet to stress? The funny thing is his school does not say anything about it. I put him in short sleeves today .. but its late fall here.. He can't go sleeveless for long!

I thought about a unpleasant tasting spray or something.. a reward program is a good idea.. I don't so much mind the blankets at night as much as the soggy/wet/germy sleeves at school. EW.
LizNicole520 is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 11-02-2012, 12:02 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 41,058
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by WickedNag View Post
I love a squirt bottle for "unwanted" habits. Nose pickers,eaters really bother me but give them no warning and a shot of water catches them off guard. Worked wonderfully for me with some kids I watch!

are you serious? That is how you discipline a cat or dog.
BornToRun likes this.
tinyliny is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What's going on when a horse "loves kids" but tests adults? egrogan Horse Talk 21 12-01-2011 08:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome