July 02, 2015

Q: My son is 17months and chews on everything.... books, toys, chairs, clothes--just about anything that he can put in his mouth. Why does he do this? He has all of his teeth exept for his last set of molars.

A: Toddlers may continue to be oral in their exploration...especially if you encourage that behavior with bottles and pacifiers after a year of life. Ideally, you want your toddler to explore with her hands, eyes, ears, and nose etc...meaning the other senses in her possession. If your toddler starts to chew, simply remove the object and explain that she can play with it in her hands but not in her mouth. And, just make sure everything you offer to play with is kid-safe and not a choking hazard!

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Answered by Dr. Ari Brown


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