Children sometimes need to put things in their mouths, bite or chew on them. This is especially true for people with Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD) or neuroatypicals. This stimulation has a calming effect and reduces stress. Nothing to worry about except the risk of swallowing a dangerous object or damaging your belongings. After talking to all the active members of the Chewigem community, our partner, the creator of chewy jewellery, has put together a list of 7 things we don’t want our children to chew on. We also offer you alternatives.

1. Zippers

Your child can chew on zippers because they are within easy reach when wearing a coat or jacket. However, if you get it on your child’s teeth, he may dislodge it and swallow it, or damage the teeth. So you can also gently try to deflect him from this habit by offering him an alternative.

A good way to prevent a zipper from being chewed on is to attach the Chewigem Surfboard Teether.

2. Pens and pencils

Chewing on pens and pencils can help your child focus, but it’s not ideal for their school supplies. There are much healthier and more discreet solutions, such as the chewable pen sleeve. An understated, colorful ballpoint tip that glides over pencils and pens like a sleeve, to meet the chewing needs of kids and adults.

>> Discover the pencil case

3. Cables and connectors

When we charge our phones or game consoles, bringing the cables and wires from the headphones to our mouths can become a habit. To prevent the cables from being damaged too quickly, you can use an elastic band. The shape of this strap, with its two open ends, allows the cable to pass through. In this way, you can still enjoy the same feeling of playing and chewing on potentially dangerous electronic accessories, but using the elastic strap. In addition, it allows you to hang the chewing jewelery to always have it within reach of the hand and the mouth. The end of the strap can be wrapped around the ties on clothing and bags.

You can easily redirect it to our Chewygem elastic strap

4. Hands, fingers and nails

Biting hands, fingers and nails, in addition to being painful, can cause infections and make us more prone to certain diseases. Putting something in your hands to chew or knead may be a better alternative. The fidget hand is an object made to be manipulated and/or chewed. Its oval shape fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Its smooth and matte texture makes it very soft to the touch. Very discreet at school, you can keep it in the palm of your hand while you have fun spinning the central textured ball with your thumb.

5. Hair

Chewing the hair and swallowing it can be dangerous. Children often bite their hair out of habit or when trying to stay calm and focused. Some children pull out their hair before putting it in their mouths, which can cause other problems. Divert your attention. Stop them from biting their hair by offering them something more appropriate, like a Chewigem. You will need to do this regularly to create a new, safer habit.

6. Toys

For young children, especially when teething, putting things in their mouths is part of the process of oral development. Toys can be put in the mouth to relieve sore gums. But some children continue to chew on their toys long after teething. So this may be sensory seeking behavior. As we have seen in other cases, chewing helps calm and regulate the sensory system. This is where it is important to do it safely. Observe your child and use our infographic to find the right Chewigem for her age and needs.

>> How to choose the fidget

7. Clothes

Probably one of the most common things that children like to bite is their clothes. It seems that children love to chew on collars and sleeves. This can incur a cost when replacing your suits. And wet clothes can be especially unpleasant for your child. We are often asked for advice on alternative chewing cloths. The problem with chewing on fabric is that it gets damaged quickly. This can lead to the risk of swallowing the threads of the damaged fabric, which can be dangerous. Chewing on the tissue can also lead to dehydration, as the saliva soaks into the tissue. Depending on the type and strength of the chewing child, there are different products that can be useful in this case.

>> Choose the most suitable teether for your child with a comparison table

What accessory has caught your attention the most? Have you tried any of them? We await your opinion in comments.