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2 Year Old Chewing on Hands

My 2 year old daughter is constantly chewing on her hands. She used to be a thumb-sucker but stopped that on her own. Has anyone ever had this problem? Is there anything I can do or do I just have to wait it out and hope it'll stop on its own?

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My 2 year old starting chewing on her fingers about 6 months ago. Most of the time she just needed something to do--so I would give her a carrot to chew on instead. Sometimes I would cut her fingernails and that seemed to help also. She does it very rarely any more. Hope this helps!

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my son is 6, in first grade & he stopped chewing on his hands 3 years ago & started chewing on his sleeve, one sleeve is always wet, stretched out, really gross & fithly cause its wet & gets into whatever he is doing, we will do it for a week at a time, then like the last 2 weeks it stops, then comes back...I have no ideas, and he isn't consious he does it....
but it definalty happens in cycles and more in the winter cause he has sleeves to chew. I mean I was video taping him skiing & he was skiing down the mountain, grinning like a fool and chewing the whole entire way.....didn't even know it & was surprised when he saw the video.....
or I will pick him up from school and he will be chewing, but he never does it around me or at home.....
We talk alot & he pretty much initiates telling me when something is bothering him, a friend said something or he feels he needs something......
his response? "It tastes good" when Ioffer him food, he says he is not hungry.
Thoughts???

The lady at vitamin cottage told me to put two squirts of Rescue Remedy in a cup of water for my daughter when I told her of these type of symptoms when my son was born. BTW: About me: Daughter 3.5 and son 5 months old ... we have kind of close ages in both our children : ) and live in Westminster too. D. (____@____.com)

She's Probaly just teething it happens at all kinds of ages so she'll stop soon enough don't worry about it honest!

My 2 year old starting chewing on her fingers about 6 months ago. Most of the time she just needed something to do--so I would give her a carrot to chew on instead. Sometimes I would cut her fingernails and that seemed to help also. She does it very rarely any more. Hope this helps!

Does she already have her 2 year molars? My son started doing this a few months before he turned 2, and then his molars came in and he stopped. He never acted like they bothered him, he just chewed on his fingers and hands a lot. Just a thought, I'm not sure how long ago she turned 2 :-).

Hi B.,

My 5th child started chewing on his hands and finger when he was getting his molars. He constantly had his hands in his mouth. If she has not got her molars, I would try a little Orajal on her gums, just to see if she stops while her gums are numb.

My daughter is doing the same thing, and I am interested in hearing what other people are recommending. So far using the "Thum" solution on her fingers hasn't worked since she ends up rubbing it in her eyes while sleeping.

My son is two now and used to chew on his fingers all the time. He stopped on his own. I learned from a parenting video that I watched that it's nothing to worry about at this age if she is still doing it when she's 5 that might be an issue, but I would wait a while and see if she stops on her own.
Another thought is that her hands might itch, do have dry skin in your family? just an idea maybe try some lotion on them.

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