My son is turning 3 this June. I am really frustrated the past few weeks about my son's cheek biting habit. He started daycare last July and changed to another daycare in September last year. He had been jealous about his baby brother, who was born in May last year, too.
He started having canker sore late September last year, and we have given him pain meds to help. He had it off and on for a couple of times. The most recent time was last month. He said his mouth hurts and then we checked and it wasn't canker sore. According to the dentist, he was biting both sides - way into the back of the mouth, maybe inside cheek by his molars. His dentist thought the cuts were not from biting, since they're vertical. Biting only causes horizontal sores. He thought it's from the injury from objects put in his mouth. It happened a while back in daycare. Not sure if it's been there that long since that happened about two months ago.
His dentist's suggestion is to wean him off with the ring, and give pain meds and once it works for him, he won't ask for the teething ring anymore. In my son's mind, teething ring equals no pain. He asked for the teething ring, and we gave it to him, but he has been using it for over 3 weeks now. We wanted to break this habit, but if we take away the ring, he starts crying and screaming. So we'd given in. But I am so frustrated since he will be drooling and with a silly ring in mouth for day and night. We are going on vacation next week, and hope we can try to wean him off the teething ring. He is otherwise happy and takes the ring out of his mouth when eating. He also likes to bite my hair, and likes to touch my hair for comforting.
This week, I played with him quite a bit and he was doing OK without the ring. But as soon as he goes back to daycare, he asks for the ring. Now once again, he wanted the ring all the time.
How to wean our 3-year-old off his teething ring?