3 month old chewing on hands???

Becky - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son has really started chewing on his hands lately, like intenstly chewing on them, and he drools a lot too. It's not a hunger sign because he does it right after he nurses as well as other times too. Did/does your 3 month do this too?

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Janet - posted on 11/29/2012

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Hi I have a 2 month old baby girl.. and since she turned 2 months she's been doing it all the time and she is not hungry either. I don't know what to do either....

Renae - posted on 10/22/2010

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There are 3 reasons that babies start chewing on hands at 3 months old. Here they are:
1 - Look what I found! I have a hand! Wow! I wonder what it feels like in my mouth???
2 - I'm hungry
3 - My gums hurt and I'm teething!

Being that the hand chewing is combined with lots of drool, I would go with teething.

And yes all 3 month olds do it.

Cheri Lee - posted on 02/26/2013

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Thanks everyone. I've been asked why my son does it. He was born on 14 Dec 2012 and apparently it might be because his teeth are moving themselves into their spaces. He even chews on the dummy and chews on the bottle's teat when the milk doesn't come out. This, to me, means that the above might be correct.

Desiree - posted on 11/30/2012

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now my lil bug is liturally trying to eat her hands lol even my hands when she can get ahold of them, janet i think ours are teething, i let Layla have a teething ring about a week ago and she LOVED it lol i dont expect any teeth soon but i def think she is on the right track. Maybe try a teething ring? hope this helps! keep me posted!

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Janet - posted on 11/30/2012

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Hi Desiree, I'll get her one of those rings, the thing is that I'll probably have to hold it lol... thanks for your response. :)

Desiree - posted on 11/17/2012

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my daughter will be 3 months old on Thanksgiving and she has been doing the same thing for almost a month, she does it even right after i nurse her. She would rather have her hand than her paci

User - posted on 08/31/2012

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Did that become a habit or they just stop doing it after a while? My 3 month old boy is chewing his hands as well and I am scared for this becoming a thumb-sucking habit... Any suggestions how I can avoid it?



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Sarah - posted on 11/02/2010

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My 7 week old started that last week so much to the point I thought she was already teething. A few days later I realized we had thrush. I think she was doing it because her mouth was sore. I bet it's normal for your baby, but check his mouth just incase. :)

Joni - posted on 11/01/2010

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I used to work in a nursery and almost every baby did that at 3 months or around that time and my son does it today.

Shawna - posted on 10/24/2010

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My month old daughter sucks her hands and drools a ton, I think the drool is because she is starting to teeth and she prefers sucking her hand rather than a pacifier, she't not hungry because she's uninterested in feeding.

Chrystal - posted on 10/23/2010

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Oh yeah my 3 month old does this as well. I think she is just exploring her hands and mouth. She also likes to chew on her tongue too. It's so funny. They are just exploring and learning. Same reason they like to put toys in their mouths. They like to explore it or they are teething one of the two LOL

Gemma - posted on 10/23/2010

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All babies start drooling heaps around 3 months, they start developing more saliva in preparation for beginning to eat solids, but they haven't learnt to swallow it yet. Chewing on hands is normal too, it's just another form of exploration :)

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My son will be 3 months on Nov. 1, he does the same thing. It just started this week. I believe it is a new discovery. It also comforts him. He does it often. At night when lying in his crib before he sleeps and while playing.

Italia - posted on 10/21/2010

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my baby girl is doing the same thing she's not even 3mo yet she drools a lot. her pediatrician said she's not teething that happens till about 4mo so then what she's exploring her hands. dang she's a fast learner already she pushes my boob away when she's fussy and tries to get out of her car seat... i think i'm scared now hahaha

Sarh - posted on 10/21/2010

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Good to Nicole! I've thought my son has been teething since about 2.5/3 months old. Hopefully I see a tooth or two soon! :)

Nicole - posted on 10/21/2010

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My son, now four and a half months old, started excessively drooling and chewing on his hand, for a lack of a better comparison, like it was a piece of meat!!! LOL About a week ago his two bottom teeth came in..... My neighbor is an older lady and had 8 children, and she told me since my son was 2 months old that he was starting to teeth, the dr. told me it was my son finding his hands, and figuring out that he can put them in his mouth!!! I think it is just a combination of the three things....

Sarh - posted on 10/20/2010

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My son started this around that time and is 4 months old and still does so. He even does so while nursing... nurses a bit then chews his hand then back to nursing. I agree w/Vicki, I think it is them discovering and exploring their hands, my son talks to his hands as well. haha. It is very cute.

Erica - posted on 10/20/2010

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I have the same problem with my son. He is 11 weeks old and he always wants to chew on his hands. So I went and got the "raz baby" chew toy. It kind of looks like a pacifier. He really likes it a lot. I dont know if he is teething for sure or not but it seems to help

Melissa - posted on 10/20/2010

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Mine did that as well alll the time...everyone said it was teething but he is teething now at 7 mths and doesnt do that ...I dont know...I though it was due to his reflux or the discovery of hands and mouth!

Vicki - posted on 10/20/2010

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I can't remember when my boy started doing that, but probably around the same time. Everyone said it was teething. I know they can 'teethe' a long time before the tooth shows but he didn't get his first until 11 months! I think they just discover their hands and it's their way of exploring them.

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