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Brenda 15th Nov 2017
Hi all I have popped in to gather your knowledge! I have a dementia resident who is in a 'cloud chair', no teeth and continually chews the inside of her mouth, fingers or on clothing/bedding. I would like to think that something like a child's teething ring could help her but obviously that would be too small. Any ideas from you appreciated! She has no discomfort by chewing/gumming the side of her mouth and eats food fine.
Susan 16th Nov 2017
I am wondering if she is not hurting herself or anyone else do you really have to do anything ?
The only thing I can think of is to give her a lollipop that is large but it might make a math could also give her a popsicle but I don't know of any adult items that they could keep in their mouth that would not be childlike
Solange 16th Nov 2017
Hi Brenda, Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done. If her chewing is hurting her mouth, a doctor may prescribe a sedative. You could try a baby natural rubber soother, the teething ring that babies hold in their hands to alleviate gum discomfort (nothing too small that the client may gag or swallow). All the best.
Pauline 21st Nov 2017
There are large chew toys that are used by children with autism. These might help.
Alex 27th Nov 2017
The idea that Pauline suggested worked for us with a lady that always chewed her fingers and her clothes. Just make sure that you get the good firm ones and keep them clean and check on the integrity of them after a few days.
Kaitlyn 28th Nov 2017

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