Fist in mouth!
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Clare - posted on 11/24/2009
My 5 month old was doing the same at the same age. She got the bottom 2 teeth at 4 months and is working on the top 2 at the moment. And no, breastfeeding doesn't hurt once the 1st 2 come in (I'll tell you about the top 2 once they're a bit longer) but I felt it was a bit like the early days of breastfeeding where a different bit of skin gets rubbed so you feel it a bit more. I just got the nipple cream out again for a couple of days and had no problems.
Barb - posted on 11/24/2009
My son Callum does it too and has been doing it for a while. He is four months old and yesterday his bottom teeth have come through, so I think he might have been doing it because he was teething. I wouldn't try to stop her and I am sure that she will either grow out of it, or her little fists will grow too big to fit into her mouth :-)
BethAnn - posted on 11/23/2009
its a phase dont worry about it! she might be teething and it feels good to rub her gums, my older one popped 2 on her bottom gums at 4 months but i remember how she was fussy for a whole month before they cut.
if she is bringing her hand to her mouth then its a good time to start giving her teethy toys that she can hold on to and gum on.this develops motor skills and will probably replace the actual hand in mouth
i wouldn't worry. my daughter is 2.5 months and just started trying this trick as well. it's the beginning of hand coordination and, i assume, a prelude to thumb sucking. if it doesn't bother her, don't let it bother you. once she has teeth, i highly doubt she will continue to put her whole fist in her mouth.
Felicia - posted on 11/23/2009
I read that it would only affect them after the lose their baby teeth and their permanent teeth start to come in. She should be LONG past that by then. I think thumb-sucking is something that is okay for for babies and small toddlers, but not something that should be allowed to continue for several years.
Amanda - posted on 11/24/2009
My 3.5 month old son does that as well and has been since he turned 3 months. He does it to play, when he's hungry, and to just do it. I try replacing his hand with his paci since that can be taken away when he's older, but he has learned to pull it out anway, lol. I wouldn't worry about it...babies learn with their hands and mouths and that is exactly what she is doing : )
She may be teething. My 3 month old boy does that and you can see the white lumps on his gums where his teeth are. My boy chokes though as he will also stick out his finger which tickels the back of his throat. I would keep letting her do it as it may help ease any discomfort she may be experiencing.
If you want to nip the thumb-sucking habit in the bud before it starts (and I don't blame you, I knew a girl in high school who still sucked her thumb...it was kind of gross), you might try pulling her hand out of her mouth when she does it and popping in a pacifier. I know, they say not to use a pacifier because of potential dental issues and all that, but really, weaning from a pacifier is a lot easier than weaning from a thumb...taking away a pacifier is easy, not so much with a hand.
Sylvia - posted on 11/23/2009
Why would you want to stop her? She's exploring how her body works (and, hey, sucking on something other than mom ;^).) Maybe she's teething already and it makes her sore gums feel better, or maybe she just likes sucking on her hands. Don't worry, she won't still be doing that when she's five :)
My oldest got teeth at about 3 months and 6 teeth by 6 months old..and he was my best teether..no fevers no crying..just chewing and drooling..you'd never know he had a tooth other than to look in his mouth and go 'oh there's another one'..maybe you'll be that lucky too.
Simone - posted on 11/23/2009
hi my baby's the same age and she's sucking her thumb, i think it's just comfort. she can't control her hands to good yet so she fights with herself. lol. but i think it's just something baby's go through. don't worry about it.
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