Lack of nutrition. Fiber hurts us. Red meat is where it's at. Try it before you knock it. Our modern society is overfed in the plant kingdom and undernourished in the animal kingdom. I was a failing vegetarian for a long time before I finally realized this and did my very in depth homework. Even scurvy can be cured with red meat. The sailors were eating biscuits. Dramatically increase beef, mutton, bison, venison or lamb. Read about the history of vegetarianism. It was all started on the wrong premises. The medical problems on this site are so sad and most of the answers are not nutrition related. We are what we eat people. Fire your doctor. The cure is the same as the prevention.
I chewed on my shirt as a kid, blinked my eyes too. Didn't think they were related. Stopped chewing around 12, blinker most of my adult life. Developed a really nad, life changing tic at 45.opening my mouth as wide as I can, sometimes every 15 seconds.
Definitely worth looking into. I know that when my son has no outlet for his energy, things are always worse for him! As I noticed this pattern in the earlier years, now that he is 10 and in 4th grade, I plan ahead. he swims on a swim team in the winter and can go to practice up to 5 times a week. This covers us as an hour and a half of swim team (and often there is another half hour of dry land conditioning/exercise) really helps his system relax and stay calm. If he doesn't have swim team or basketball practice (which helps a bit as they do a lot of running of suicides ---- but still isn't as great as swimming (check that out for your son if you haven't, sign him up for swim lessons and see if you notice a difference)) -- we do things in the house. he can lie face down and I'll run a big exercise ball over him from head to toe. That deep pressure is very relaxing to the nervous system.
now, my own son has had a tic on and off. His is a vocal tic that is complex (simple vocal tic is just a sound, complex is a word) -- he says the word, ya. But he does have some control over it. It happens when he is nervous, exited, anxious. and it is worse when he is tired or hasn't gotten his 'energy out' as we call or it as occupational therapists call it "his engine is running high".
I would google 'heavy work' related to sensory integration disorder for ideas you can try to help him relax his nervous system just to see if it helps.
JasMG, actually it is more than a 'bad habit'. As you said, it helped you focus and feel comfortable. It was a coping mechanism for you. That is much more than just a bad habit. We should try to help our kids. There are alternatives we can offer to provide the same type of oral soothing and we should do so. It is a well known sign of anxiety to chew on a shirt collar or sleeve and my son with sensory integration disorder also did this. Professionals will tell you that it is a form of orally soothing OR in other words, comforting oneself. As you said, you found it helped you which is another way of saying you needed help.
While you say you outgrew it, I am sure you just have a new form of coping that you do as an adult and just aren't aware of it.
luck to all. Offer an alternative to your child and work on the root causes for the chewing and your child will thank you for it.
When I was younger I did the same thing, whenever I chewed on my shirt it helped me focus. It also made me feel comfortable in whatever environment i was in so that can be it as well. However, its just a bad habit or phase that some kids go through. My sisters use to pick on their clothes or chew their tongues in order to focus but eventually grew out of it.
Our son is 6 almost 7. We've been through a year of doctors and testing trying to figure out why he has started eye tics suddenly and also had an abnormal eeg (no seizures yet). So far we are told he may have a tic disorder. I've done a lot of reading on tics, seizures/epilepsy, and all the disorders that can accompany these things (including ADD/ADHD/OCD, sensory issues, tourrette's syndrome). I have found a common theme in the prevention and treatment of these disorders and/or their symptoms.....adequate sleep, exercise, healthy diet. Is it fair to say that we are labeling our kids too soon? Maybe we are seeing an increase in these things because our lifestyles are different these days!? Maybe our kids need more exercise, more fresh air, more structure, and more sleep? I'm also speaking to myself. Our son does very well in school, both academically and behaviorally, but has started chewing on his sleeve. Now we are not sure whether this is a new tic for him, or a nervous habit, but we've had a lot of cold days here....so kids haven't gone outside for recess for days...maybe even a week. Maybe this is pent-up energy that is manifesting itself in this habit? Anyway....this is all so interesting to me. I'm thinking outloud....wondering if this is something to legitimately be concerned about, or just see that this is the way my son works. We need to let him out and run and play to help calm those nerves!?
I've been reading the "out of sync" I definitely feel my son meets some of those descriptions in the book. He is a "sensory seeker". I also read that a lot of kids with ADHD also have sensory issues, interesting, he might have a little bit of both. I am still working hard on finding out what the issue is with him. I wrote down some of the things you suggested. He is one on one right now at school.
Yesterdeay evening after I got home from work, he said he had a couple of times yeterday at school where he was not very patient he got out of his seat to run around. I did not scold him, but told him to try harder next time. Sometimes I wonder if he doesnt' even realize what he is doing at the time until after he does something.
Thank you so much for tour time and your knowledge! I will use all your info! Another question for you, does your son play independently? My grandson always needs to be entertained :(
Jupsie . . . I feel your pain. I'm an OLD first time mom at 44! I had my kids at 38 and 39--------- and had no idea what I was in for.
You've already raised your kids though . . . this is my first go at it. So I commend you for stepping in to help. It IS very tiring and when you have a challenging child---- the days can be long. Often I feel . . . pooped. I'm sure you do too.
Sensory system is very intricate in many bodily functions. My son has trouble with his vestibular and procieptive systems. Are you saying HUH? I did too. But these control things such as movement. My son does things a little bit intensely because he is seeking input into the nervous system. When his muscles are working---- he is getting input into the nervous system. As his feet jar the ground after jumping, he is getting input into his nervous system. He is a sensory seeker.
If my son's nervous system is feeling disorganized or jumbled, he will try to find ways to quiet it. That is when chewing comes in. That is when swinging, bike riding, deep pressure will help. It quiets a whirling nervous system.
Motor planning is a huge issue with many sensory kids. This is how our brain organizes activity-------- everything from speaking to writing, to plotting out how to play a game or ortanizing thought to answer a question. Why the heavy activity helps the brain calm and organize--------- I don't really know. But it does. My kid can sit and do homework much better if he has run around right before. What is funny is that my husband often paces while he is talking and thinking at the same time. Many people need movement to focas.
Again, sensory is only a disorder if a child has trouble coping. But all kids benefit from sensory activities. Feel free to ask me anything at any time. good luck
Specialmom thank you so much for the ideas and im sure he will love them because he loves to be on the move. So i guess these things help release all that energy? Is that the whole point? I just want to make sure i am getting it. :) Wow this means even more work fo me. Im sorry i get frusterated because i feel stuck. I am 46 yrs old and i thought my job was done considering i have a 25yr old and a 22yr old. My daughter is the mother but she works a 50 hr week. They live with me and i also work a thirty hr week but take care of my grandson more than she does. Im sorry i am just venting:( My garandson is my world and i want the best for him. It just gets tiring and i feel unappreciated. Im sure i will come back to you for more advice. Thank you so much:)
maybe I will try some of these activities wiht him after school.
Yes, I read the "out of sync child". At first I didn't think my son fit . . . then I read it again and he fit a little more . . . and the third time, he fit for sure. Carol Kranowitz wrote another book called "the out of sync child has fun" which is an activity book.
Jupsie------ there is SO much you can do that helps the nervous system. If he is oral, simply blowing bubbles is calming. Drinking applesauce or milkshake or thick smoothie through a straw is calming. Chewing chewy things is good (fruit chews or a fruit roll up). A piece of red licorice tied in a knot is good. Also, thick bubble gum before he has to sit is good. We do a piece on the way to the bus stop and he spits it out before he gets on. Blowing a cotton ball across a table in race style is good (cut straws in half).
"heavy work" is a term that occupation therapists use. We do tons of this. You can fill a laundry basket full of something and have him crawl pushing it. You can put books in a bag and ask him to "help" you move it. Wheel barrow walk is awesome as is animal walks. The bear, crab, slithering like a snake or lizard, leap frogging are all really good heavy work. Any type of jumping, rolling, climbing is good. Swimming is the perfect activity with the resistence that is involved. Crashing into a bunch of pillows in a pile is good. Wall push ups or tug of war. Take an exercise ball and place it between you and him. Have him push on it as hard as he can and you push back to give resistence. We do this and call it summo wrestler. Then roll that ball over him like a steam roller. (he'll love or hate that, but my kid craves deep pressure). Swinging is very calming as is bike or scooter riding. We started doing "boot camp". He has to army crawl around the room, then we do some kick boxing (like in exercise class --- lol), then we do target practice which is up on his knees an diving from side to side. Just have fun with it. My kid likes wrestling. Like I said, he craves deep pressure---- so my husband wrestles with him. Climbing monkey bars is awesome. He may get slightly hyped up during some of these activities but it has a calming affect afterwards. It can last a day or two---- no joke.
I have plenty of more ideas if you need more!!! Contact me anytime. good luck
specialmom, I am reading the 'out of sync child " now to help me eval if my son has sensory issues. have you read it? THe ped. recommended it.
I was wondering if you could tell me about the activities you do with your son for his nervous system
Oh thank you so much! My grandson is 5 yrs. old. I will stay in contact and will also do more research on the sensory disorder. Thank you so much again :)
To Jupsie, someone above gave a three word answer---- sensory processing/ integration disorder. Well---- my son does have sensory integration disorder which is a developmental delay that affects the nervous system. Delay has NOTHING to do with intelligence . . . my son's communication system between his brain and other senses is off. My son was spotted by an astute teacher in preschool when he was 3 as having this but the evaluation was inconclusive then . . . but by 4 it was very obvious. When we had him evaluated a second time by an occupational therapist---- it was clear. By 4.5 he was sucking on his shirt sleeves and collars at times. It is when he is trying to soothe himself. He has difficulty self soothing, so that is one of his ways he figured out himself. It was our occupational therapist that told us that this is not uncommon in kids with sensory, add/adhd or anxiety.
My son was active as a baby and toddler----- very active. He was my first born and I also have another son 15 months younger than him . . . so I was slightly in a haze at the time and thought it was all normal. But in retrospect he was a bit on the hyper side. He was the kind of baby that we had to walk around and jiggle to get to sleep and had gi issues and cried easily. He didn't have colic as I've heard colic can be, and was a happy little guy overall. He didn't sit down and do things like my younger son, he was constant motion.
Anyway, fast forward---- he is now 6 and in kindergarten and doing great. He can focas well, is organized, well behaved and having no issues at all in school. We do occupational therapy once a week and lots of activities at home for his nervous system.
So, Jupsie---- I just thought I'd give this additional info as you seem to be searching for answers for your grandson. It could be just straight anxiety or something else---- by the way, how old is he?
Thanks for checking in on me guys. My little guy is at school right now. He's getting 1:1 today. He has not been doing well in teh classroom. I will go pick up in a minute and see what is happening. I am waiting to hear from his therapist soon nad will talk to her about things and see what we should do next. I took him to the pediatrician and he wasn't sure if he had ADHD or not. He said esp given the events of the last year he did not want to make that determination yet, but to give it more time. He gave us some paperwork to fill out, etc.
Yes, as an infant, he always wanted to be held. He was not one that would sit still in a stroller or carrier for hours on end. He liked to be doing stuff. HE crawled at 6 months and walked at 13 months, he was getting around so well crawling, why walk? He has not been what I would call an "easy" child. I would say very temperamental. Still is, in some ways better.
I left a msg with my therapist, waiting to hear back...
I was wondering how your son was as a infant? My Grandson WAS HYPER FROM DAY ONE. He was never content. Keep in touch. I would like to see how evrything is going for you and your precious little boy. I feel your pain. jupsie
Benjimom, I really feel that your son is suffering from great anxiety. There are a combination of posts from you that make me feel that you are trying hard to find answers for your boy. He's had several recent upsets in his life that definately could result in increased anxiety as well as what you are telling us is a family history of anxiety as well as other psychiatric issues. Please ask your school for a comprehensive evaluation with a psychologist and occupational therapist. This is easy enough to do and I would insist that it involves both areas. They can direct you to some extent. Then I would see a child psychiatrist (not psychologist) to help evaluate your child. A large children's hospital would have a center that can look at all aspects of your son and help direct you as well if any delays or disorders are present. That is my best advice to you----- I can hear you trying hard to help him. Good luck
I should add he was with a babysitter all day while I was at work, and he's scared to ask things from people. He's five. NEver did this until very recent.
yesterday my son chewed about three holes in a shirt. He said he was hungry.
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My son has been chewing on his shirt and chewing holes in them.
Thank you for the advise. Sound good and i will check the occupational websites. I feel so bad that they experience such anxiety at such a young age.