Hand biting

by Tiffany
(California)

My son is 6 yrs old with Autism. When he is happy, excited, mad, sad, he bites his hand. Basically, when his sense's overload, he bites himself. It has gotten to the point of leaving scar tissue. It seems he does not even feel it when he is doing the hand biting. It is sensory, like he gets something from it. Also, only does it on his right hand, never the left.


It seems an impulse, he does not even have to think which hand to bite, always the right. Any ideas on how to minimize the hand biting, or how to re-direct this behavior ?? Any ideas are appreciated

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Sep 18, 2016
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Biting
by: Anonymous

My son is 24 and autistic. He has bitten his wrists and fingers since he was 5. I tried everything. He tore chewelry apart. Recently I made him special wrist bands containing therapy putty and he has completely stopped biting. I also made him a similar one for his finger, which has greatly reduced biting.

Jul 31, 2016
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Gum to help hand biting
by: Anonymous

My daughter is almost 5 and already recognized as gifted. However, I've notice hand biting that's leaving her hand raw. I am going to try to offer her when she gets the urge to bite to pick up a natural piece of gum to chew on instead like Pur gum
that won't harm her teeth or health if she needs to often. I will post if it helps. Below is the link to the gum.

https://jet.com/product/detail/b5099702596944ac875e68e8f4daa449?jcmp=pla:ggl:gen_jd_food_beverages_tobacco_a3:food_items_candy_chocolate_a3_other:na:PLA_344688900_23648788140_pla-173291489580:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&ds_c=gen_jd_food_beverages_tobacco_a3&ds_cid=&ds_ag=food_items_candy_chocolate_a3_other&product_id=b5099702596944ac875e68e8f4daa449&product_partition_id=173291489580&gclid=CMXHs67jnc4CFQ2HaQod39ULjA&gclsrc=aw.ds

Jul 14, 2016
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Biter
by: Anonymous

My son is 10 and has been biting the palm of his hand for the past two years. Before this he bit his nails really bad. He is severely hyper active, add, and odd. I told him i was gonna make him wear gloves. Is this wrong?

Jun 06, 2016
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How to stop hand biting
by: Dolly

My son also bites his hands so much.when he is overexcited. Or on sensory overload. or if he has nothing to do.

May 15, 2016
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bitin hand
by: seica johnson

I also bit my knuckkes them r the corner of my finger are the wrist area now i start receivin slight pain runnin tru my hand like the joints an my hands feel light somthing kike they r tired an if i old anything heavy my hand shaking i dont know watvthe problem i tell our body ave all sorts of problem affecting it we just to put these problem for the lord

Mar 04, 2016
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Reply to Amy
by: Anonymous

I am a one on one for an autistic student and we use a "chewy". They can be found on arktherapeutic.com. You can also Google ark chew and it will pull it up. Hope this helps some.

Feb 23, 2016
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hand biting
by: Anonymous

Wow! It seems like you are describing my 7 year old to a T! He slowed down for a bit but has started back up again...but now hes added head slapping to it! He bites his right hand...wraps his left hand over his head and hits himself to n the head. I dont know what to do for him! I am really searching for some effective tips.

Jan 18, 2016
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im now 21, and i still find myself doing this
by: Anonymous

he, :D as a person who grew up doing this i can say if you can find a way to stop it you must my hand is basically scared from it. and i can confirm it definitely a coping mechanism.

Jan 10, 2016
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Anyone try leather?
by: Amy

I have an 11 year old son on the autism spectrum. He bites his hand frequently. He and I did some brainstorming about what might be a good substitute for hand biting and we decided a leather chew would be a pretty good substitute. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything for kids. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks!

Jun 06, 2015
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Hab
by: Anonymous

My daughter is almost twelve. She has autism and is deaf, has gene mutations similar to that of C.H.A.R.G.E syndrome, but not typical. She is non verbal though sometimes uses some asl words and home signs (maybe about ten signs she will use spontaneously, sometimes not in meaningful communication). She has bit her hand since before she had teeth! It is always the left hand which is thickened and heavily calloused. We have tried everything.chewies, sensory substitutions, et al. Nothing has worked but we continue to try. Good luck!

May 26, 2015
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Me too
by: Anonymous

My son is just about 5 and he also bites when at sensory overload or if highly emotional. Today he injured himself quite badly but due to his high pain tolerance I didn't know until the wound had been exposed for hours. I'm hoping getting some chewlery will help but who knows? I don't think there is any easy answers for this unfortunately.

Mar 10, 2015
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biting my left hand
by: Anonymous

Hi, I've been biting my left hand since I was 6 or 8 months. Now I'm 25 and I still can't stop it. I do it when I'm angry or when I can't express. Really don't know how to get rid of this habit. :(

Jul 11, 2012
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My happy 10yo does this, too
by: Anonymous

My son has been biting his hand since I can remember. He did it so much, his skin was cracking, then developed into a callus. He went though a time when he wasn't biting at all and his hand healed up. Then it started again, just not so bad. Now that he is older, he can tell me he does it because he gets so excited he feels he can't control it and he says eventhough it does hurt and he tries not to do it, sometimes he just has to. He even sighs relief with a smile on his face and says "Aahh, That's better" afterward. He tells me it makes the excitement release and go away (his words). So now I know WHY he does it, I was hoping for another way to cope with, and release, a sudden urge of intense excitement. It is always a happy excitement, not a sad or stressful event.

Sep 24, 2011
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Hand biting frustration
by: Anonymous

I am searching for ways to help my son stop biting his hand too. He has hypotonic cp, non verbal, 4 years old and normally really cool. He too gets excited and I think he is biting because he is unable to express his feelings. We hope to find some concrete solutions.

Jan 17, 2011
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hand bitting
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am 32 and have bitten my right hand for years only stopping when i reached my mid 20's i guess and stopped finding the world quite so frustrating.

It did me no long term harm, the scaly skin/ scar tissue on my hand is now no longer visible (faded to nothing within a month or so) and meant i never hit anyone, so it was the lesser of 2 evils.

Everything is a phase - just some phases last longer than others, it all comes good in the end.

I am impressed with you ability to read the reasons he is biting himself - took me years to work it out...

Nov 18, 2010
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my son hand biter also
by: Anonymous

My son is a hand biter for all the same reasons. He's almost 4 but not autistic. He's definitely hyperactive, he's very large and advanced for his age. I was the same so theres no surprise there. I chewed pencils down to the lead. I'm looking for advice myself. so far the only thing that make sense is that it is a coping mechanism or a need to chew (oral stimulation) how to treat it is still beyond me.

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