Yep. My situation is exactly like it sounds. In the good old ways of the Universe, and I hear some chuckling from it, I have been faced with something fierce. Abby has been biting holes in her clothes. She comes home from school with tiny holes in her tops and sometimes I catch her doing it while watching a movie at home. It’s not intentional and the doesn’t even know shes doing it. While I wish she would just be one of those kids that twirls her hair when anxious or deep in thought. I know that she has always been orally fixated and we fought long and hard to take that pacifier away long into her toddler years.
Exhibit A. This isn’t even the half of it. Please take a moment of silence.
But, like anything this phase will pass. In the meantime some friends recommended that we give her an alternative to her clothes. I grabbed her a couple Junior Chewbead necklaces. Mostly they just hang there and look cute but I have seen her twiddle them and put them in her mouth once or twice. I think the main thing is that she feels stronger over it now and the last thing that I want her to feel is shameful. And I really hope that I don’t see another hole again. Seriously. I don’t care if it’s Matilda Jane or Circo clothing but I hate to see something get ruined so fast!
Does your child have a similar sensory issue? Any other go-to thing that they do when in deep thought or anxious? One thing that we have never had here are nail biting or thumb sucking so I guess it could be worse. Or could it?