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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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

Marketta - posted on 03/22/2010

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It must be that they like sucking on something. My 2 month old daughter does it too. Sometimes its her entire fist and if she tries hard enough, she can suck her thumb! lol I'm not too worried about it though. I just think its hilarious when she does it. :)

Jackie - posted on 03/22/2010

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My 3 month old does the same thing. I think she just likes having something to suck on. I haven't heard anything about it meaning that she has gas, although she is a bit of a gassy baby.

Brandi - posted on 03/22/2010

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my daughter is 3 months old, she started doing the same thing bout a couple of weeks ago...it could be bcuz of teething, but this early on, very unlikely, it does happen w/ a few babies, but i dont think that is why my daughter does it. babies like to suck on things, and anything, it's how they explore their world, and their hands are usually the first things they put in their mouth. and she does do it sometimes when she's hungry

Ce'Deidria - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter does the same thing. She loves sucking on her thumb and fists. I was told it was a sign of teetheing. But she spits out her pacifiers to suck her thumb, lol. I just brought her teethers but she can't hold them on her own yet so I try to keep a pacifier in her mouth because I don't want to be a habit.

Monika - posted on 03/22/2010

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All little ones seem to do this...it is just the start of everything in the mouth to come. Dawson is 3 months and doing the same thing. However, is is #4......so while it may be teething..it may not and is just normal. This is just how they learn about all things int he world for the next several months...they will mouth EVERYTHING!

Taryn - posted on 03/22/2010

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my daughter does the same thing and I actually looked at her gums to find her two fangs on top and two directly below are coming thro. I was told from her doc to use a cold rag and it works. What color are her gums? I wonder if the gas thing is true. She farts a lot and shes a breastfed baby. I thought breastfed babies dont get gas?

Santi - posted on 03/21/2010

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my baby is 3mths and he also has gotten the habit of sucking on his hands to the point where they are extremely red. So I have to keep his gloves on him. Also does anyone elses baby just loves the pacifier mine just can't live without it and my husband hates to see him with it but it's the only thing that calms him down sometimes.

Shannon - posted on 03/21/2010

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james, 15 weeks, also does this. it usually means it is time for bed, i do not use a pacifier, i think he has found a subtitute.

Nicollette - posted on 03/21/2010

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My lil one loves to puts her hands in her mouth but its just because... just to make herself happy she does it, or even just to calm herself down

Jacqueline - posted on 03/21/2010

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My bub sucks on fingers and his fist. I asked the nurse the other day, and she said it's a teething thing. The teeth apparantly move about in the gums, even though they are not ready to come down yet. It's bub's way of massaging his gums. He prefers his fingers and fist to the dummy, and also love chewing on a rattle/key ring which I keep in the fridge, as the keys of the rattle have a cooling gel inside them. The only problem with my bub chewing his fingers is sometimes he'll stick them down his thoat and choke.

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2010

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My baby is just over 3 months (3.5 months) and she loves to shove her fists in her mouth as well and to drool all over them. Sometime she has gas but I don't think that's the case, normally I've noticed with my daughter when she has gas she starts to blab really loud and kick her feet and squirm. I sometimes think she is teething when she is doing it because she drools a ton, and I at 3 months had already gotten my first tooth.

Lindsay - posted on 03/21/2010

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Hi, my son loves to put his fist in his mouth also, he also drools a lot. Ive been told this is teething behaviour, but he is as happy as can be, so who knows...

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.

Beck - posted on 03/21/2010

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my daughter is 3 months next Thursday and is always trying to put her fists in her mouth and sucks on it alot,though i must say i have been told that its them also discovering there hands she is def teething though because she has a tooth coming threw and is very sharp. It does look so cute though ,

Kirti - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son do this when either he is hungry or wanna sleep... He is 3 months too..

Saera - posted on 03/20/2010

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My daughter does this too and it doesn't mean that she's hungry or gassy, what it usually means is that she wants something to suck on. Baby's love to suck on pretty much anything that will go in their mouths, it's comforting for them. If she had gas she would probably be irritable and making uncomfortable crying noises.

Jessica - posted on 03/20/2010

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Could be teething....I have never heard about the gas scenario. Also it is the way a baby explores their world. Hands are usually the first thing they find, but once they start grabbing things everything will go in their mouths :)

Damonie - posted on 03/19/2010

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My youngest dd will be 3 months on March 28th (she's my 5th child). She loves getting her fists to her mouth. I think it's comforting to her. Babies love to suck on things.

Mindy - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 3 month old has been doing this for a couple weeks now. She loves to eat her fists. Equal opportunity - left or right. She even grabs one of our fingers and pulls it into her mouth occasionally. She started drooling A LOT just before her 2 month checkup, and the Dr. checked and said she's not teething - and to not expect any teeth for a couple more months at least. She said she'd heard of babies teething at 4 months, but that's really early. Glad eating her entire fist is normal :)

Christina - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 11 week old is doing this too. Is she too young to be teething? She is not fussy either and just looks cute doing it.

Christina - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 11 week old is doing this too. My mom says shes teething but is that possible this early? I dunno. She looks cute doing it though.

June - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son does this as well...sometimes he is hungry but other times he just wants to chew on his hand....lol.. He is also showing signs of teething already....drooling contsantly, a little feverish, cranky and a rash on his checks from all the drool and rosy cheeks as well. A friend told me it could take months before a tooth breaks through but I hope for his sake it is sooner than that.

Kristi - posted on 03/19/2010

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thanks everyone it is nice to know my daughter isnt the only one, you have put my mind at ease.. lol

Alexandra - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 2 1/2 month old girl does the same thing. Someone told me yesterday that she's already teething since she's scratching her gums as well. Isn't this really early to be teething? She is also not very fussy, but she is a very un-fussy baby in general. I find it to be very cute that she's sucking on her fingers and fist, so I'm not stopping her. When she starts crawing and getting her fingers all into dirty germy things I'll probably find it less cute!

User - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son does the same thing. I've never heard that it could be gas. I just keep handing him a toy to distract him. It usually works for a bit. I really don't want it to become a habit. The little boy I watch (he's 7 months) sucks his first 2 fingers. I almost had him broken of it before I went on maternity, but now it's a constant!

Lauren - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son does that and he doesnt have gas but he only does it when hes hungry or when he gets really happy. sometimes he does it because hes just tired and wants something to chew on because he wont take a binkie. i just layhis chain links in front of him and let him chew on them that usually stops him from chewing on his fists.

Valerie - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son loves to suck on his fists! He just seems to prefer that to sucking on his thumb, and he's not fussy. I think it's much better than sucking on his thumb because that can be a much worse habit.

Tonya - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son does this too and is never fussy he just kinda chews on it i guess and drewls all over the place he also like to chew on other things, I think hes teething but he isn't fussy either and I don't think he has gas. he's been doing it ever since he really found his hands and that he controlled them lol. I try giving him toys to suck on but he loves his hands

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