For a while now (a year?) Vince has been chewing his fingers. He sticks his thumb and index finger in his mouth, and chews the fingers. I have tried to just remove his hand from his mouth without verbally telling him (i.e not remind him what he is doing), I have tried to verbally tell him to remove his fingers from his mouth, which he does and then a few minutes/Seconds later he is back to chewing. And all though I appreciate the fine motor skills and the mouth muscle control he exhibits in his nail-biting, he bites his nails down to infection level quite a lot.
I talked to our speech therapist about it and I was given chew tubes. The idea was to have him chew the tubes for a minute in the morning before brushing teeth and in the evening before brushing his teeth. Does not seem like much, but you see, I have all these mental reminders from all types of experts and therapists and all are ‘just’ one or three minutes a day. It adds up, I am telling you, and apparently I am slacker. I can not just do all these things. Life gets in between all these PT, ST, OT, fine motor, gross motor just one minute a day exercises. I try to do them, and I fail. Bitterly each time, and they constantly add to a growing ache in my stomach of all the things I should do.
I was talking to a friend who told me about a liquid to buy at the pharmacy. It is called Beiss-Ex (translates into Stop Biting kind of). I bought a bottle of it today. Vince was impressed by the fact that he could have his fingers painted and co-operated just fine sitting with his hands spread letting the fingers air dry.
I tasted it. It taste bad. Really bad. One hour later I still taste the taste. Vince however you might ask? Two minutes after applying it on his fingers, he was back to chewing his fingers…
Anyone else having finger chewers?