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    pillayn2003 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 22, 2009, 11:07 PM
    Sniffing stuffed toy
    A friend of mine has a son who is now 10 years old. He has a stuffed toy which is now in shreds. He is attached to his toy.He holds it close to his face and sniffs it... he has been doing this for the past 7 years. I am concerned that he may develop an addition to other substances when he grows up. I don't know what to say to his parents. Please let me know if this is a unique situation and whether anything can be done to help him to break away from this toy.
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    ISneezeFunny Posts: 4,175, Reputation: 821
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    Apr 22, 2009, 11:27 PM

    I'm not so sure if this will lead to an addiction to drugs. If he's only sniffing the toy, it may be because that he's very attached to the toy. I know kids who have attachments to blankies that have the same habit of sniffing the blankie or rubbing it on their face.

    The only real issue that I see here is that he may develop an infection or an irritation due to the toy. See if there is a way of possibly cleaning the toy every now and then.

    I have a feeling that by the time he's 12 (or even sooner), he should grow out of this.

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