DC2 has always liked putting things in hir mouth. As a baby we had to keep chokable stuff away from the floor for much longer than we did with DC1. And there was the whole biting thing. But zie outgrew it and we thought we were in the clear.
Then sometime in November or December, we noticed that DC2 had started chewing on hir shirt sleeves (if wearing long sleeves) and collar. Zie didn’t want to chew on clothing. Hir teacher didn’t want hir to chew on clothing. We didn’t want hir to chew on clothing.
As an experiment, DC2 and I put cayenne on the top of hir (already wet) shirt to see if that would help. Like most remedies involving cayenne, it did not. Basically DC2’s chin started hurting from resting on it, so we aborted, rinsed off, and got a new shirt.
Next, we went TO THE INTERNET! And found a bunch of blogposts, some sponsored, some not, from professional “mommy bloggers” talking about various silicon necklaces and singing their praises. It turns out there’s a whole cottage industry of silicone teething necklaces (for mom), bracelets, toys, and even rings. DC2 picked one out from amazon (note: as always, buying stuff from amazon links gives us a little bit of money, so we’re just like those other “mommy bloggers”) that is meant for moms to keep from being chewed on by their babies. But they had some pretty cool other shapes– I’m surprised zie didn’t go for one of the bat shapes given how popular batman is in this household.
Also the internet suggested that it might be anxiety (DC2 denied this), sensory processing disorder, autism, oral fixation and so on. Or it might just be a phase. I used to chew on my hair at this age but DC2 doesn’t have enough hair to be capable of doing that. I may have had anxiety or sensory processing disorder or oral fixation (I do like kissing DH!) or who knows. But eventually I stopped. So if it is still happening in August at the annual checkup we might bring it up, but we don’t think it’s worth taking a doctor’s trip for given that DC2 doesn’t seem to have any other problems (other than the occasional hives).
One of the teachers at DC2’s school (who isn’t DC2’s actual teacher) told hir such things were for babies. But DC2’s actual teacher was really happy and literally clapped her hands with happiness. So far, no more wet shirts with pulled collars. So yay internet!