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My spouse has chewed through 3 in the last 2 days. Any ideas on how to get him to stop? He is on hospice so they are bringing over some more today. I have put his rubik cube next to him and will look for some more fiddle toys. He has many medical problems plus dementia.

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Imho, there are many O2 lead coverings for sale to prevent chewing.
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Mesh cord covering, got mine on Amazon. Expandable, chew proof and not dangerous in mouth. Or paper towel/ tp rolls slit to go over that part-?
The cat would chase my mom's oxygen tubing, and bit holes in it at the most inconvenient times! I had to find something. Cord covering worked very well.
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ask hospice if they have any ideas because I am sure they have run across this at some point. good luck
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Put something bitter on there so I tastes bad. That might work
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my grandmother on hospice can you give him maybe ativan to calm him?
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Since he is on hospice, I would recommend removing oxygen tubes and maybe use an oxygen tent at night.
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Search out a bitter/spicy liquid to coat the tubing like parents use to stop nail biting.
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disgustedtoo May 18, 2021
My mother used those for me (I was a nail biter.) They didn't work. Yes, they taste nasty, but at some point you get used to the taste. It took my own self-will at around age 20 to finally get over the biting...
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Hospice oxygen is often for comfort and if your spouse is chewing and presumably removing the tubing, it is doubtful if he really needs it. Unless he has some kind of observable and medical need for it, I doubt he really needs it since he is already not using it.

The danger of this is he may chew off the nose part and swallow it.

Restraints are not an option--and taping the tubing down is more likely to be more irritating. So what else is there? Leave it off and let him be. Note Sedation will decrease his respiratory drive--he may be knocked out, but it can also kill him. I mean sedatives will decrease his inspiration/respiration drive so oxygen therapy is a moot point (unless he's intubated on the hospital's unit and full code).

PS: Do ****NOT**** try the aluminum foil suggestion. He will chew and swallow the foil and it is a very serious choking hazard. People with Alzheimer's do not sense the unpleasantness. Also do NOT use lemon juice on the tubing or other noxious food because that can lead to mouth sores and impair what little appetite and ability to swallow thickened water he has left, which creating mouth sores hinges on being cruel.
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You might try covering the hose with aluminum foil and give him an old hose that he's already bites to have to bite on
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Grandma1954 May 18, 2021
do you have the old metal fillings in your teeth? Have you ever bitten down on a piece of aluminum? It is a shocking surprise!
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Can you place the tubes behind his head? Rather than going down in front bring the tubes over the head so they are behind him.
My Husband was a chewer. Clothing, towels, cloth napkins, his hand. fingers. I looked for soft baby chew toys and got a few of those. It worked and he grew fond of a little bunny that he would chew the ears of.
Some of the baby chew toys and other finger toys crinkle and make sounds, most are soft and they are pretty durable. The other toys that worked well for me were soft dog toys. Again some are soft, meant to be chewed and durable.
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RedVanAnnie May 18, 2021
What splendid ideas you have! We are all benefiting from your experience and wisdom.
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nasal cannula, no dentures. I started reminding him not to chew them several times and that has worked (so far). I do have mits and that may be next step.
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Take out his dentures if he has them?

Try steel oxygen tubing.
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Grandma1954 May 17, 2021
my Husband would have still tried chewing and would probably broken a tooth or teeth doing so.
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Are we talking about a nasal cannula that goes across his cheekbones and loops over his ears, running under the jaw and meeting under his chin? And he's taking it off and chewing through it?
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Can you try hand mits when he is alone?
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Would it be too cruel to coat the tubes with lemon juice?
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Countrymouse May 14, 2021
Not really cruel, no - it doesn't taste that bad. But then again it won't stop him either.
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