And it is driving me CRAZY.
So I am calling on all my fellow parents, my fellow researchers (those who "google on my behalf" - hello Joanna!), and anyone who is good at problem solving.
Lily is chewing her clothes again.
Remember this post? And these pictures?
Typically, this little phase ends in a month or so.
But since Lily is anything but typical, it's been going on four months now.
Not only is it frustrating, annoying, and exasperating, it is expensive. I am surprised they don't recognize me at Wal-Mart when I come in for my weekly supply of 2 for $3 t-shirts.
When shirts are destroyed, I cut the bottom hems off and braid them together to create a kind of "fabric necklace" for chewing. Sometimes it works but most times, it doesn't. I think she loves the sensation of ripping fabric. And the fabric necklaces don't really give that much.
Lately, we've taken to tying bandanas around her neck. Cute little color coordinating bandanas that come home from school every day totally shredded.
At a buck a bandana.
But it spares the shirts.
And whereas before, she would roll little balls of torn fabric around in her mouth and spit them out, now she is actually consuming the material. I've seen the evidence with my own eyes but I will refrain from sharing pictures with you, if you get my drift.
But that can't be good for a little kid's digestive system.
So I am begging. Pleading. Crying our for your help.
Does anyone out there have any ideas for something safe, non-toxic, inexpensive, durable.... that my kid can wear around her neck for chewing?? Something that can possibly withstand teeth that are like the Jaws of Life, teeth that could possibly tear metal and rescue people trapped in vehicles? I've seen the Chewelry sold for special needs kiddos but do you know if it could stand up to these incredible teeth??
No idea is stupid.
I am a desperate woman.