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Old 07-26-2004, 08:03 AM   #1
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Still putting things in her mouth

My 5 year old daughter still puts things in her mouth...her toys, her shoes, her shirt...ANYTHING! I thought she would be out of this phase by now. Is this normal??

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Old 07-26-2004, 11:08 PM   #2
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Re: Still putting things in her mouth

It is not typical but can be normal if that makes any sense. Most kids her age are not still mouthing things. Some kids need more sensory input than others so they seem to overdo seemingly normal things. A child with tactile issues will have to feel everything with his hands. A child with olfactory issues will stop to smell everything. Children with auditory issues will stop to hear the smallest sounds. Then some children have oral sensitivities and have to have everything in their mouths.

IMO, she could probably benifit from an evaluation with an occupational therapist. You might find that things are completely normal. They might also tell you ways to diminish the behavior by giving you ways to help her.

My 2 year old is oral hyposensitive because he has Sensory Processing Disorder. We have to "wake up" his mouth by giving him things that are sour or strong tasting. This helps him meet the sensory needs and not put EVERYTHING in his mouth.

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Mindy (Type 1 Dx'd 11/94..Insulin Pump)

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Old 07-27-2004, 09:30 AM   #3
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Re: Still putting things in her mouth

She has a dr's appt on Friday so I will inquire.


Old 07-27-2004, 10:04 PM   #4
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Re: Still putting things in her mouth

My son does the same thing. But he does it just to annoy me. LOL His sister is only 2 so I guess he plays monkey see monkey due. Alexis will put something in her mouth and then I will get on to her for it. So then Caleb will do it and I have to get on to him. He laughs about it and says I'm funny mommy. They will do this until I either ignore them or tell them that I'm going to take whatever their putting in there mouths away from them. They just think its a game. Lets annoy mommy for 5 minutes. I don't know. Maybe your daughter does it because she like the way the things feel in her mouth. (the texture of them)

Old 07-28-2004, 06:27 AM   #5
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Re: Still putting things in her mouth

We take away anything that goes into either of my kid's mouths (for weeks or months). If that didn't work so well then I would get professional help. What happens is they stop for several months but then forget and try it again. They are 5 and 8.

Old 07-28-2004, 07:43 AM   #6
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Re: Still putting things in her mouth

Thanks for the replies. However, I am concerned that I've heard you all use words like get "professional help" or see an "occupational therepist". Is there a name for this type of behavior? Is it mental? I am getting really scared here!

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