(Closed) My 2 yr old has strange habbits?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Dont be offended, but this post made me smile, because my older brother used to do exactly the same thing at the same age, the labels off clothes, he used to hold it between his finger and nose and just stroke it…no idea why he just did. He also loved silky ribbon. I think its just an alternative the the comfort blanket and just as he would grow out of needing a blanket, he will grow out of the need to stroke silky labels and things. However,as a warning, we still tease my brother about this now, and hes 25 lol! I know this reply may not be very helpful, but I just thought Id let you know its not a totally abnormal thing, and let you know that someone else out in the world had an obsession with labels!

Good luck with things

x

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am not a mom but I used to work in a store that sold taggies. Which are just blankets withs tags sewed to the edges. I just wanted to say that obviously this is a totally normal thing that kids do, or their wouldn’t be a whole (very successful) company devoted to making these.

http://www.taggies.com/home_us.html

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would think the tag thing is normal if it was his only habit but what other rituals does he do? I might speak with your child’s pediatrician. I’m just concerned that you mentioned a language delay and other rituals and tantrum behavior, those could be indicative of autism.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Not to alarm you, but specific rituals and obsessions with certain things makes me think of autism. I work in the field and the children tend to have “rituals” that they insist on doing and if they are denied then they will tantrum.  Also, their communication skills are delayed and/ or nonexistent. Have you had him assessed? If you want any info feel free to msg me.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MarryMeTiffany:  The tag thing is totally normal and there’s even a line of blankets with tags sewn onto the edges! Self-soothing is actually an important skill to develop, and he seems to have found what works for him. Don’t sweat it.  I hope I don’t start a posting debate here, but please don’t stress about things like autism.  Suggesting that he could be autistic based on what she’s reported here seems a bit like yelling fire in a crowded room simply because someone lights a cigarette. There are a lot more signs to look for, and they are so varied; some children on the autism spectrum have huge vocabularies while some have none. His delayed speech could actually be linked to the pacifier use! 

My sister is an early childhood developmental specialist and she told me to take my son’s paci away when his speech was delayed.  The muscles needed to form words are different from those used to suck on a bottle or paci, and so he can’t learn how to form words until he is able to use those other muscles.  It’s actually a very simple answer to a big concern.  Also, boys tend to be later in talking than girls. 

After I took away his paci, my son’s vocabuluary exploded.  We can’t understand every word, but he is trying to say them.  I found this quote on Parents.com “Don’t panic if your child isn’t talking nonstop by 2 1/2. However, if by the time your toddler is almost 3, she says fewer than 25 words and can’t combine them in a simple 2-word sentence, consult your pediatrician,” Dr. Meltzoff recommends.

I agree with talking to your pediatrician!

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@jjmomma: I would be slightly concerned about things like autism.  Yes there is a lot of unknown info (especially social stuff) but these are typically some of the first signs that parents notice. We would really need more info as to what the other rituals are.  How delayed was his speech? How is it now?

@July29LD: I do think that is jumping the gun a little to suggest a full assessment from just this information but I definately see the concerns you’re talking about.

I would recommend speaking to his doctor.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MarryMeTiffany:  My sister really liked silky material and tags when she was a small child.  She grew out of it.  Perhaps limit his exposure to tags, remove them from his clothes/blankets.  Let him have a special silky stuffed animal instead.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t stress too much about the tag thing. A lot of kids that age use a comfort object or lovey. Maybe try to limit it to nap time and night. I do daycare and a little girl I watch is constantly dragging around a ratty blanket, I make her leave it in her playpen for naptime only. I’d be more concerned with the delayed speech which could be linked to the paci. My daughter is not even 2.5 yet and she still loves her paci, she is only allowed to have it for naps and night though, it’ll be gone all together soon but right now we are concentrating on potty training which she recently has conquered. However she speaks in clear long sentences, usually whole long paragraphs and has since before she was 2. The little girl I watch who is your son’s age (also will be 3 in Nov) knows a lot of words but uses very simple short sentences and is hard to understand. They all learn at their own pace. I would definitely limit paci use to bedtime though and see if his speech improves.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I just re-read the OP and found where she wrote about the other rituals and tantrum throwing… I am sorry I missed that the first time and now I understand why everyone was bringing-up autism.  Please do make an appointment with his pediatrician and let them know your concerns. 

(I’m so sorry to the pp who caught that and offered the right advice)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Because your son likes tags does not mean he is Autistic.. Have you ever seen a person walking down the street holding the tag of a shirt?? I know i haven’t :o)  If the tag thing and pacifier is the only think you’re worried about… i think you guys are just fine! 

@jjmomma: I’m 100% with you.  I think the pacifier needs to get tossed as soon as possible! It’s going to be tough at first and you’re going to want to give it back… but don’t!! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@LizzieMo: Did you see this part~ “He has some other weird habbits as well. Almost rituals that he has to do or throws a fit.”  That’s what I would discuss with the pediatrician…

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@jjmomma: Totally agree… there is no harm in talking to the Dr. about the rituals and behaviors.. 

@MarryMeTiffany: I”m curious about what the other rituals are? Rocking, repetition, impulsiveness? something else?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MarryMeTiffany: Those are signs of ADHD as well. Children with ADHD thrive when they know what is happening next and have clear boundries and follow through with consequences. Try to keep your patience the best you can( i know i’m probably preaching to the choir here). I know it’s difficult (I’m a Kindergarten teacher who has worked with may children with ADHD kids). Some of this is just a kids being a kid 🙂  I know when I got to my sister’s house my nieces and nephew get bent out of shape when anyone sits in their seat.  Is he recieving any services for the ADHD? What state do you live in? I know NY gives free services until your child is school age (around age 5).  

Good Luck and Hugs

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