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Putting everything in her mouth

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Witzend, May 1, 2015.

  1. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,282
    SW London
    My mother is nearly 97 with advanced AD and lately she has started trying to put all sorts in her mouth, often licking the things first. She began with my hand, while I was holding hers. Since I do often kiss her hand I wondered whether she was trying to kiss back, but had forgotten how, but she has since done it with everything from Easter cards to my iPad the other day - I had taken it to show her pics of very new great-granddaughter, even though I knew it would mean nothing to her any more. (Not really sad about that BTW - she has been so bad for so long we don't expect any connection with anything any more.)

    But I was just wondering whether anyone else has had the same. The other day I let her put my fingers in her mouth to see what she would do, and she bit them! (Not many teeth left so it was Ok). I am not bothered about it, but just interested to know whether it's at all common.
     
  2. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    7,963
    North East England
    My Mum used to do the same. I likened it to the reversal of life skills learned...e.g forgetting to be continent, forgetting how to walk and ultimately forgetting how to hold, touch or feel, except like a baby does......by putting everything in it's mouth.

    To think....they used to call "senile Dementia - second childhood". Perhaps there is some truth in that description even if it is not kindly named.:)
     
  3. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,719
    Female
    Dundee
    My husband will try to eat anything and everything. I think he mistakes coasters for some kind of biscuit!
     
  4. Essie

    Essie Registered User

    Feb 11, 2015
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  5. Perdita

    Perdita Registered User

    Jun 22, 2009
    219
    Suffolk, Uk
    Yes my mum tried a delicious strip of cork backing one day too :eek:
     
  6. Onlyme

    Onlyme Registered User

    Apr 5, 2010
    4,999
    UK
    Mum tried to eat my thumb.:eek:
     

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