Chewy Tubes are an innovative product intended for use by patients that have problems with chewing. Those problems could be brought on by a number of different causes. For example, recovering stroke victims sometimes have trouble relearning how to chew properly, so therapists can use these tubes to help them exercise the muscles they need to in order to restore these abilities. Autism patients, on the other hand, tend to chew too much. In that case, these tubes can provide them something safe to chew on so they don’t chew on things they shouldn’t. They come in a few different colors, and each of the different colors is intended for use by a different category of patient.
Yellow Chewy Tubes, for example, are generally intended for the youngest patients. There are some exceptions to that, which we’ll cover in a moment. First, though, we’d like to point out that when we say that the yellow tubes are recommended for use by the youngest patients, there is a certain minimum age requirement. Only the “Q” shaped tube is recommended for infants between five and nine months old. These yellow tubes are recommended for children between the ages of nine and twenty-four months. They are also recommended for patients of any age that have trouble opening their mouths widely, such as those recovering from oral surgery. They’re the exception.
Next up are the red Chewy Tubes. The stems on these are a little longer, and they’re also a little wider around. They’re intended for children over two years of age who haven’t yet reached their adolescent years. Often, by the time a patient graduates to a red tube, he or she has already had some practice and experience chewing on a yellow tube. The green tube has the same diameter as the red tube, but it has a knobby texture, which provides patients with additional tactile stimulations as it is chewed. Finally, there’s the blue tube, which is intended for use by adolescents and adults.
You may have noticed earlier that we mentioned a “Q” shaped tube. There is also a “P” shaped tube available. These are intended for the youngest of patients, and they’re sold as a set. They’re very easy to hold, and they’re solid, instead of hollow, like the other tubes. There’s also something called a super chew, which is shaped like the other tubes, but it’s solid, like the P’s and Q’s.