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Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Q My three-year-old grandson chews his blanket constantly. We're worried about this habit. Have you any tips to put him off?

A I would never try to interfere with a child's comfort habit. Your grandson has worked out he can cope with difficulties by chewing his blanket, and that's quite grown-up.

Many children develop comfort habits and they're better off for them. Chewing is very common. There's an advert on TV at the moment where a five year old is chewing the ear off his teddy bear.

I m don't think it matters that the blanket gets dirty and smelly because your grandson is immune to the bacteria on it. He's developed a resistance and this is good for him.

All four of my sons and most of my 11 grandchildren had comfort habits. And, like them, your grandson will drop his of his own accord. Please don't hurry him.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2018
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