why is my 3 1/2 month old gagging himself?

Katelyn - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So I have a 3 1/2 month old baby boy who has recently taken up the habit of sticking his hand all the way in his mouth and gagging himself. I have tried to do some research on it, and the only results I can find deal with older children above 12 months and teething babies. I see no sign of teething except the fact he is a lot fusier than usual, but at the same time, isn't he too young? Anything I can do to get him to stop gagging himself or do I need to worry about it at all?

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Heather - posted on 11/13/2009

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My 2 month old is doing the same thing!! But i figured out it is becuz He has discovered his tounge...He sticks his fist in, grabs his tounge and also sticks it out alot...he has gagged himself a few times..there is nothin u can do besides maybe pull his hand out and give him his pacifier if you use one

Colleen - posted on 11/13/2009

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My son does this all the time! He likes to suck his index finger as opposed to his thumb, and he always sticks it in too far and gags himself, sometimes actually making himself throw up. I try and take his hands out of his mouth when I notice his finger is in there a little too far, but other than that, there really isn't anything you can do. I'm assuming they'll grow out of it?

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have a daughter who is 3 1/2 months as well and she is doing the same thing but her reason is for her teething it does seem young but their teeth go up and then back down before they actually cut teeth and now they are seeming to go back down so she doesnt do it as much its only when her teeth come up.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2009

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Eva is the same age and is doing the same thing. I usually just pull her fingers out of her mouth and distract her with a toy or by talking to her. If that doesnt work I try feeding her or giving her a NUK. Some babies just like to suck, and Ive read that a baby starts teething up to 2 months before they actually cut a tooth- so it's possible that is what's happening.

SHERILL-ANN - posted on 11/12/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it.My son did the same thing he- would also vomit as a result (he is now ten months old) and he eventually just stopped on his own.

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