fists in her mouth

Kristi - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 81 moms have responded )

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my duaghter is 3 months old.. she is constantly trying to get her fist into her mouth!! i have ben told that was a sign she has gas, sometimes that is true but she never cries or is uncomfertable.. i am wondering is this something every infant does.. could she be teething( but like i said she is never fussy) so probably not.. is she just wanting something in her mouth... i dunno..

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Jaime - posted on 03/21/2010

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It would be wise to read up on the stages of child development so you understand how your baby's brain and body are developing and changing. Piaget, Vygotsky, Maslow, Ericson are some leading theorists in child development.

Sucking on hands at about 2-4 months is perfectly normal, and they will then move to their feet and other body parts. According to Piaget, from birth to about age 2, children are in a sensory motor stage. During this period they are learning about their world and themselves through touch. Most of that touch during the first few months will be via the mouth.

To focus on a 0-5 month old, they are unaware that they have arms, legs, hands and feet. This is why swaddling helps to calm a screaming, flailing baby: they have no idea it's their hands that are swatting them in the face during their frenzy. They begin to make the connection that their hands and feet are theirs by sticking them in their mouth (Hey! I can feel that!) and that toys are not a part of them ("I can't feel that!").

Teething could also be a reason, but it's not the main reason.

Brooke - posted on 04/03/2010

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my daughter is barely 4 months and has 4 teeth coming in. it started with drooling all the time everywhere and trying to put her hands in her mouth. but she never fussed. honestly though, they have just discovered they have hands, so of course they want to put them in their mouth.

Areej - posted on 04/03/2010

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I have the same problem (put her fist in her mouth) with my 4months old daughter...need an advice, its really annoying for me!!

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Prisac - posted on 10/02/2013

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My baby will be 6 months old tomorrow and she is still chewing her fists. What must i use because the fists and fingers are getting dry.

Stacy - posted on 04/06/2010

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my little guy does this, but he started doin it when he cut his first 2 teeth

Lee - posted on 04/06/2010

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My daughter does that as well... I think it's a combination of teething and them finding their hands. She doesn't fuss but she seems to be practicing her hand eye coordination when she's looking at her hand and then moving it to her mouth.

Tracey - posted on 04/03/2010

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My 4mth old son, does the same thing. His fist is constantly in his mouth and he drools non-stop. sometimeshe puts hist hand so far in his mouth that he vomits. Its scary at times....

Rachel - posted on 04/03/2010

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Kendra is 16 weeks old today, and she constantly needs something in her mouth. Her fist, her thumb (not a big binkie baby), her blanket, her clothes!, her bib....the amount of drool coming from this child is also amazing. haha. Her gums are very sensitive and very hard in some areas. I think babies start feeling those teeth alot sooner than what we expect them too, hence all the items in their mouths.

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2010

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My oldest son and my father both had the first tooth at 3 months so to some degree it could be a sign of teething. It is possible but I think it is more a security thing. My son loves his hands and also love anything fabric to put in his mouth.

Lynn - posted on 04/01/2010

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My little girl does it too! Sometimes when she is fussy and she soothes herself with them and sometimes I think it is jsut fun!

Bethany - posted on 04/01/2010

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Gotta say, my Jaxon does this too!! LOL :-) I even bought him a little teething ring, cause I thought he wanted something to chew on. Sometimes he wants it, but really, all he wants is to suck on his little fists...My gosh, how adorable at this age, isn't it?! Love it...
OH and my middle son did the same when he was this age..and by 4 months he had some teeth in there, so keep an eye out! :-)

Ljubica - posted on 03/31/2010

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i think that is normal. my daughter does the same thing. this is a period when they explore the world through their mouth. There's no fussiness here, too.

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2010

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Teething can start as much as a month or so before any teeth start showing. My son has chewed on his hand since 1 month old, but has recently gotten worse.(he is 4 months) So has the drooling. When we inspected his gums, there are two little white ridges showing. He was not fussy either, just liked to stick his fingers or whole fist in his mouth.

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My daughter is 4 months old and is CONSTANTLY nawing on her fists and drooling all over, she has also been really fussy the past couple weeks. But she is probably teething though. Her gums are starting to flatten out

Jean-Ann - posted on 03/31/2010

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Babies have a natural need to suck. The need is for feeding, but also nurturing. Instincts have babies putting their fists in their mouth to satisfy that need. Most of the time it means they are hungry, but sometimes it simply means they are 'bored' wanting to be held etc.
Your baby is perfectly fine and just doing what her body tells her to do.

Lara - posted on 03/31/2010

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its a natural thing they do!! they are finding thier hands and exploring them!! you will find that if you put something in thier hand to hold it will go straight to the mouth..

Amanda - posted on 03/30/2010

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When we went to our two month check up, the nurses asked if he was doing this. I told them yes and asked if it was normal. They said it's a way of them discovering body parts and what not. Sometimes it's due to teething or preteething depending on babies age and sometimes it's just because they're exploring.

Jovan - posted on 03/30/2010

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11 weeks seems sorta early but hey all babies are different. I had my first tooth at 4 months. But teeth can take weeks to come in all the way. They move up and down in the gum so she may be cranky one day and fine the next. If you hold a high powered flashlight up to the gums when the teeth are higher in the gums you can see em. Its really cool. I do that to my son.

Jovan - posted on 03/30/2010

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Its no biggy I dont think. My son is almost 15 weeks and does it all the time. He is starting to get teeth you can see em come up and go down and his gums are swollen. But mostly he wants to suck his thumb. At first he puts his whole fist up there until he can turn it around and get just the thumb. But he loves it. And until his teeth actually break through it doesnt hurt so why not have fun and laugh a little.

Semra - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son is 3 1/2 months and he does it too. But he is very gassy and this is the first time I've heard about the fist thing being related to gassiness. What do I do?

Erin - posted on 03/30/2010

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My 3 1/2 month old sucks on her fist before, during and after a feed. But if i put her down on her play gym with toys around her she stops and plays and 'talks to the toys'.
She will also chew on her fist if she has wind, or is tired.
I agree, and have been told, she is just self soothing.

Maria - posted on 03/30/2010

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My 3 month old daughter will suck her fists like there is no tomorrow...lol. Her doctor said it was her way of satisfying her sucking instict, it comforts them.

Catherine - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son loves to suck on his hand .. Ever since he found it ,its been his favorite thingslol ... I thinks its a combination of this , something new , soothing , and possible teething .. hey as long as it keeps him calm and his hands are clean go for it ...lol

Jualie - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son just turned 3 months and he has been putting his hands in his mouth for a while now. At first it was as if he was sucking but now he will push his bottle out of the way to "chew" on his fist and fingers. And YEAH...he does CHEW. I know because I put my finger in his mouth and he bites down on it where as before he would suck on it. Every baby is different and every baby develops at their own pace. Some cut teeth a lot earlier than others. My son Micheal who is now 22 didn't cut his first tooth until he was almost 7 months but my daughter cut her first tooth at 4 1/2 months. Now with my newest addition...we'll just have to wait and see. :)

Marina - posted on 03/30/2010

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my daughter does that too... (3 mth old, as well). i've been told that it is part of normal development- coordination of sight and movement, and that she should be allowed to suck on her fists. my only problem is that she gets so excited, pushes her fists really hard and makes herself sick... anyway- it has nothing to do with gas or teething nor she is hungry- just examining the world (taste of it)- she sees something and if she can grab it- it goes into her mouth (toys as well)

Carrie - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter has been doing that alot and she is 4 months old. I triedto give her a nuk but i think she is trying to find her thumb

Aubrea - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son does the same and I've read its actually their way of trying to gain control over their limbs. Just like they stick everything else in their mouth to further explore it, they also do it with their fists. It's helping them learn to use their flailing arms and opposable thumbs properly I guess :] I also thought because he was drooling so much he was teething, those are the signs, but being a hygienist I thought 3.5 months is a bit early especially for boys. I asked my mom and she said my sisters and I all did the same thing but didn't start teething until just before 1 yr.

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010

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i thought my daughter was teething she was doing the same thing went to the GPand it turns out it was colic its totally normal :)

Alison - posted on 03/27/2010

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i believe baby just figured out about her hands and her mouth and she put them together if u give her a toy she might try to put it in her mouth she could b starting to teeth and most baies do it

Crystal Rebecca - posted on 03/27/2010

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my daughter started teething at 2mnths ish but her teeth didn't come through for a while

Crystal Rebecca - posted on 03/27/2010

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my son is the same he just likes to suck iit for the sake of sucking it he also just likes to suck on skin things

Monika - posted on 03/27/2010

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My three month old son does the same thing!! I think he is teething though. They say that is a sign that they are. So we ask the doc and she said that even though he probably would not cut teeth until five or six months that they could take awhile to cut through but that sucking on his fist help with his gums.

Tina - posted on 03/27/2010

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I was told all babies put their fist in their mouth, they are learning were their mouth is.

Ericka - posted on 03/27/2010

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My 14 week old son is also sucking his fists a lot, in fact he likes to suck my hand, arms, fingers, shoulder, etc. He is quite gassy, but I do not think that is the reason for the sucking. ANd as someone asked if breastfed babies don't get gases, well mine is breastfed and could ne be gssier because it is impossible. He also uses a pacifier, but sometimes prefers his fists over the pacifier.

Sabrina - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter does the same thing. She's 3 months and is definitely teething, has been for about 3 weeks. When she started she wasn't cranky or fussy she'd just chew on her hands but now that they're starting to poke through she's getting cranky but chewing on her hands seems to calm her down at least a little bit.

Paulette - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son does it as well. It's just a normal part of development. It may they're gassy, or teething, they may not be able to find their thumb so they suck on their fist instead, or it may not mean anything. But don't worry yourself about it, it's quite normal and healthy for a baby's development. They're discovering their body. Soon they'll be sucking on their feet, if they already haven't.

Fazlin - posted on 03/27/2010

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My three month baby boy is also doing that, sucking his fngers and puting his fists into his mouth.My aunt told me his busy teething but i think it's a bit to earlier. EItherway i just love watching him cause it's sooo cute

Elis - posted on 03/27/2010

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I also agree with Julie Woods.. I do the same thing, rubbing his gums with my fingers.. he really likes that.

Elis - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son is now just about 4 months old & has been sticking or trying to stick his fist into his mouth since he was 3 months old as well. I also noticed around the same time he started to drool a lot, and when he seems to get almost like a sudden itch in his mouth, when this happens he jams his fist in it & makes a cry noise.. and just seems frustrated cause he can't seem to control the itch.. Some babies have been know to start teething as early as 3 months b/c I myself have seen babies at 4 months with their 1st tooth. A baby can teeth for up to 2 months before a tooth cuts through. So "in my opinion" it is not related to gas. So it's either teething or just the sensation of sucking, babies just like sticking things in their mouths & their little hands are the only thing that is attached that is the easiest to put in it. :) Hope this helps.

Julie - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi there my son is 3 months 4 weeks old he is all so doing the same thing I took him to the doctor coz i thought he was teething i was right he puts his fist,thumbs in his mouth all day or he likes to put my finger in his mouth it helps with the pain thy like it when you rub there gums i all so put bonjela on his gums and let him chew on a teething toy

Amanda - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter has been doing this for quite some time now and she is 16 weeks old. She is not gassy, she does drool alot, she also is getting teeth. The Dr said that she could be teething when she is sticking things in her mouth and when she drools alot, but that doesn't mean that she is going to be cutting teeth. But there is nothing wrong with her fist in her mouth. I some times stick her ninnie in her mouth and she stops chewing on her fists.

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My daughter is almost 4 months now and she has done that shortly after she was born. She has recently started drooling too along with it and have been told she might be teething. And when she sucks on her hand she isn't fussy either. She has her pediatric appointment coming up so we will see. I have also been told that it could mean they have gas when they suck their fist or hand but she does it all the time. When she has gas she actually never really sucks her hand. I wouldn't worry about it because I was told not to. She sucks on toys just as much as her hand too but her hand is more available.

Terri - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son has been sucking on his hands for about a month (he'll be 4 months on April 2nd). My mom said he may be teething cause he's been drooling like crazy for just as long. Now he won't even take his pacifier anymore. On the rare occassion he does take it, he chews on it. I try giving him other toys to chew on, teething rings, etc, but he only wants his hands. Or...our arms when we're holding him. He's starting to suck on his shirt or his blanket or a towel if it's handy. I'm just glad it's his whole fist and not just a finger or a thumb. My sister-in-law just told me yesterday about a girl she knows who sucks her fingers in public. She'll cover her mouth with one hand and start to suck on her fingers on the other hand. This girl she knows is like in her twenties. I pray Jeremy doesn't pick up that habit.

Katy - posted on 03/25/2010

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Gas? Never heard of that, that's funny. My Max is about the same age and he does the same thing anything he can grab he puts it in his mouth. It may be the start of teething, if she is not fussy and does not seem uncomfortable I would not worry. They are just trying to figure out how things work.

Shelly - posted on 03/25/2010

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my son started the fist in mouth at two months now he tries to get both in but my son is teething he is 16 weeks today. he sees something andit must go in the mouth.

she could be teething my son isnt that niggly yet with his teething just go and buy some teething toys for her and see how it goes

Erin - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter is almost 4 months old and she always has to have something in her mouth. If it isn't her pacifier then it is one or sometimes both of her fists at the same time. Like your daughter, mine never acts fussy or upset. Maybe it's just a stage. My first daughter never did it.

Johnnesha - posted on 03/23/2010

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My daughter bis also 3 months and doing the same. Shes teething! i already see the teeth coming in her gums are red and u can see the little white squares lol Shes constantly gumming on her fist, fingers and my shoulder.

Nicole - posted on 03/23/2010

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my daughter does this and i was told its a developmental thing and she's doing it simply because she can

Cagla - posted on 03/23/2010

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Hi,my 3 months old son also does that but he puts his fist in his mouth only when he wants to be breastfed. He is never fussy as well.

Corina - posted on 03/22/2010

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my lil girl is same age and does exactly the same thing and like urs she never complains and i also put mine due to teething as she also dribbles alot which is a sign of teething.

Brittany - posted on 03/22/2010

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This may sound crazy but my 3month old daughter will only suck on ONE pacifier and that is the one from the hospital. And she doesn't try to suck on her fists but she LICKS them it is the more hilarious thing i've ever seen :P

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