my 3 1/2 month old keeps eating her fist.

Crystal - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 99 moms have responded )

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Does this mean she is ready for solids, or teething? She will eat her fist, and fingers even after just having a bottle. I try to offer her more milk she won't take it. She just wants her fist. She doesn't take a pacifer either.

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Leche - posted on 10/31/2012

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I'm so glad I'm not alone. My son will be 4 months in 2 weeks and he has been yelling and eating his fist. When he takes the pacifier he chews the side of it. My boyfriend decided to feel inside his mouth and felt a mold. I guess he is teething!!!

Kylie - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hi my bub does the same thing 41/2 wks old now number 2 shoves the fist in her mouth she makes herself gag, they are exploring just finding their body parts, my bub has been pulling on her ears and getting her legs right up and putting her feet in her mouth they are all developmental stages,at this age, hence your bub not wanting food i give my bub teething toys to chew eg the rubber keys or just something for her to put in the mouth.kylie hope this helps you out.

Sasha - posted on 08/08/2012

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My son has been doing the same thing and he is just over 3-months also. Glad I am not alone here. It seems as if his hands drive him crazy sometimes. I took him in to the pediatrician and he told me that my son was indeed teething already. He has not been fussy or anything though so I thought it may have been a misdiagnosis. I then took him to our family doctor and he clarified that he does have his 2 upper front teeth coming in and it may or may not necessarily make him cranky or upset.
I do hope your teething experience goes just as well and congrats on your newest bundle of joy.

Luisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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I think it is normal for babies to suck on their fingers or fists; it is their way of soothing themselves! Thery all have this sucking need. I think it is better for them to suck on their hands v.s. a pacifier, since at this age they cannot pick up the pacifier and put it in their mouth again if it falls.

Lorraine D - posted on 03/19/2013

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eating fist is not indicitive of rediness for solids - you wantinterest in solid foods and a pincer grip.

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Lindsay - posted on 08/18/2012

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Gnawing is one of the biggest signs of teething! Does she drool a lot?

Jenny - posted on 08/16/2012

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She may be teething.... but babies always eat there hands and fingers nothing wrong with it... and i think she maybe a bit to young to have solids... I have a 3 year old and 8 months old.

Corrie - posted on 12/11/2011

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My three month old is wanting to bite everything but she takes her pasifier could this mean shes teething

Cherrelyn - posted on 01/21/2010

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its normal and part of growing and teething..bec.my baby caourinne also eat and suck her fist too,chewing with nothing..so don't worry..try to give her a teether.

Leander - posted on 01/20/2010

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hi can related to most of the stories abt our babies sucking on there fist..my son does it even after having a feed or a bottle even the drooling part as well its like i have to change his bibs jus abt nearly every minute coz so wet from him drooling...so i know my son is teething, and his grandfather said it could take 3months before a first teeth comes thru...but i supposed every baby is different..

Ashley - posted on 01/20/2010

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My baby likes to chew on the side of her pacifier. I think she's teething too.

Lidia - posted on 01/20/2010

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I was starting to worry cus my little man is doing the same exact thing. He never liked pacifiers cus maybe I gave him it at 2 wks and he didnt know it was. He doesnt want to suck on anything but his fist, fingers or thumb and hubbys and mine also, lol. The thing is that he chokes on it and while either fist, fingers or thumb in his mouth. He's drolling like crazy. We think he already had a tooth out cus its a little sharp and that was at 2 months. So idk I guess we'll see when it actually will show...

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hi my son was doing the same, he is now 4 months old and my health visitor told me it was a sign of teething, along with the rosy cheeks and mass amounts of dribble! x

Hayley - posted on 01/20/2010

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i have the same problem, zeths almost 4 months an his hand is constantly in his mouth. there is always dribble eveywere. is it teething? he doesnt seem to be grumpy an he's still sleeping well?

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My daughter does the same thing all the time. I don't think it means that she is ready for solids or that she is teething. I believe that since she doesn't use the pacifier (like my baby) she does it to soothe herself

Angel - posted on 01/19/2010

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My son Rustyn does the same thing. The bottom of his gum is a little white, so hopefully it'll come through soon. When he bites his finger, I know it hurts. I've put my hand up so he can chew it, and he has some crazy jaw power. lol He hates Orajel, so chewing on anything and everything seems to help. :)

Patricia - posted on 01/19/2010

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Just an update on our end.... I had placed a comment here on Jan. 7th.... Our daughter Rebekah's first tooth broke through the skin on Jan. 16th... and her second on the 17th.
How's your little girl doing?

Auriel - posted on 01/18/2010

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Most babies start teething between four and six months. She is probably enjoying the discovery of her incredible hands that can now reach for things and feel everything. Sucking is also what they do best and a major source of entertainment. It's hard when they won't take a pacifier but just let her keep exploring her hands. You can start her on cereal at four months but it is now recommended to start them until six months. They say babies are ready to try solids when they show interest in what you are eating, can sit up fairly well and stop having the natural reflex to push things out. I started my son that's four months and three weeks and he doesn't seem interested at all. Everything comes right back out and he goes back to licking his hands. You can try her too after a meal and see if she is interested. Good luck.

Sylvannah - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughter is doing the same thing as well. We actually think she is starting to teeth as although she isn't really cranky. She just sucks on her hands and fingers and the entire time she is drooling and talking and blowing bubbles which just proceeds to send saliva flying everywhere. Not only that but she is trying to put anything and everything into her mouth. She's in this hair grabbing stage and she's tried to put a fistful of my hair into her mouth. It's all kind of cute except my husband and I constantly feel like we just took a saliva shower

Teesha - posted on 01/15/2010

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my boy does this too he loves sucking his fists! its to the point where he now has blisters on the ends of his fingers! but he just is not interested in a dummy. My husband and I know when he wakes up in the morning cos we can hear him sucking on his fists!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2010

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my daughter is doing this too. try giving her a teething toy.. sassy has a vibrating one that is only 5 dollars at babies r us or on amazon.com..it is awesome! also rubbing her gums with your fingers works really well too!!

Erin - posted on 01/15/2010

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My son was put to solids because he was trying to eat 6 oz every 2 hours at 3 months old. I have him on cereal in the bottle and 1/2 jar of baby food 2 times a day. He is eating his fist still as someone else said he is teething. I found a cool vibrating teether at walmart that he seems to enjoy if I hold it for him.

Lynsey - posted on 01/15/2010

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my daughter had been sucking her fist for a while now, and it drives me crazy, she hates a soother but loves the fist, sometimes she gets 2 fingers and thats fine with her, but i really wish she wouldnt, and i dont see why she hates her soother so much, but she does. im not sure if she is teething but she is starting to become more fussy and drooling more these days.

Annette - posted on 01/15/2010

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lol.. i just seen some of what your all putting and mine too sucks her thumb and she takes her pacifier now and then but not as much now .. since finding her hand.. lol..

Annette - posted on 01/15/2010

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mine is eating hers too doc told me its a self soother.. lol.. and i been feeding her for almost a month shes 4m old now and shes health as could be and a happy little girl.. you will know if your babys teething .. you can feel them along the gum line well lest thats from what experience heheh best luck with your little one ..

Beth - posted on 01/15/2010

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My son is doing the same as well. Some of the time he's sucking on his fingers so hard he gags himself! Wakes me up sometimes in the night as well and he does not like a binky! Can't stop them, can always wipe their hands every so often to keep sanitary.

Meghan - posted on 01/15/2010

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My daughter is also sucking on her fist and now she has found her thumb. She will still take her nook now and then but for the most part she sucks her thumb and drools all over. She has also been babbling at me as well and then shoves her entire fist in her month, I think she thinks it is entertaining.

Auriel - posted on 01/15/2010

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That's ok. It is perfectly normal. My 4 month old eats his hands like there is no tomorrow. They just love exploring their hands. Most babies start teething between 4 and six months so get ready for that. Don't worry about the hands though. The proteins that are in all that drool helps to keep them clean.

Cindi - posted on 01/15/2010

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My older son didn't get his first tooth until about 8 months old, so I guess that I didn't think Kyler was teething, but after reading th posts, maybe he is...how do you know?

Cindi - posted on 01/15/2010

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My little boy is doing the same thing. He is also drooling everywhere! He doesn't like a binky and isn't hungry, just enjoys his fist.

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My daughter does the exact same thing... it's sooo cute! If it's not 2 fingers at the same time, it's her fist or thumb. I don't remember my boys doing this... i can only put it down to teething too.

Tabetha - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son is the same way, he doesnt care for the pacifier but will take it to sleep sometimes, but he constantly has his hand in his mouth. He isnt sucking on it, he is chewing on it. I asked the nurse at the dr's office and she said it is teething and sure enough he has a bump that appeared about 4 days ago

Beck - posted on 01/14/2010

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my little girl does the exact same thing yet her older sister never did. i have been giving her teething rings to suck on and that seems to be helping.

Kat - posted on 01/14/2010

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I feel so much better our little guy has been doing this and I figured he was teething but was not sure now I know it is normal regardless.

Sissy - posted on 01/14/2010

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my son does the same thing. if he cant get his hands up there he grabs mine. I think it just a facination with hands right now but have noticed his gums getting harder.

Tricia - posted on 01/14/2010

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Luke has done that since he was 8 weeks old. He just likes his hands, no matter what. He isn't teething yet, but he does go to town on his fist!

Athena - posted on 01/14/2010

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My lil man is also doing the same,his fists,fingers or anything he can get his hands on,soft toys, my hands! i thought it might be a lil soon for teething so gathered it is probably time for solids...??

Casey - posted on 01/13/2010

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my little girl does this too haha!! at first she was doing it to soothe herself but recently i've noticed that she is biting her fist or my finger! we all have teething babies on our hands! Good luck ladies!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/12/2010

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It could be teething, or your baby just pacifies herself with her fist rather than a manufactered piece of plastic called a pacifier. If she is not hurting herself, which obiously she wouldn't do it if it did, don't worry. Be grateful there is one less thing you have to buy!!!

Shannon - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son is doing the same thing, it's normal and it doesn't mean they are ready for solids or that they are teething. They are just exploring. My first son did the same thing at the same age and didn't cut teeth until the week he turned one! They are too young to have solids, I only give breastmilk until 6 months old.

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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I got my first tooth at 3 months and Liam is cutting his first tooth. I think they just chew on their hands b/c they explore things by sticking them in their mouth.

Tricia - posted on 01/12/2010

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This is something that is developementaly a normal thing babies do at this age, when they start to grasp things, they will too put them into their mouth. Therefore it is not a sign of teething yet. That is soon in the future though. They even start to drool now too.

Ashley - posted on 01/12/2010

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My 4 month old baby girl has sucked on her fingers and fist since the day she was born. She'd rather suck on her fingers than anything else. If she's not good and ready for a bottle she'll push it away and start sucking on her fingers and coo at me. It's like she's saying hahaha I don't need that.

ESTHER - posted on 01/12/2010

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NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT MY AMYROSE IS DOINR THE SAME THING I THINK IT HER PAST TIME JUST TO DO SOMETHING :) SHE ALL SO LIKE TO DROOL A LOT SHE COULD BE TEETHING I WOULD SAY JUST WHAT AND SEE. IF HE SEEM SATISFIED WHEN HE IS DONE NURSING THEN I WOULD SAY HE IS FINE

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2010

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my daughter is 15 weeks and she sucks on her hands but not her thumb, she has been for about 3 or 4 weeks now. i keep checking for signs of teeth but none yet. she wont take a pacifier only chews on the outside ring of it (its silicon). it gets so loud sometimes u can hear her in another room.

Danielle - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter is also..nothing has popped out yet but i think she is teething, she goes @ her fist like there is no tomorrow and drools like crazy!

Haley Marley - posted on 01/11/2010

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same here ... my girl is 3 mth and 18 days. shelike to suck her fingers, rubbing her gum, and it's pretty sad to see it. the good thing is, sometimes, she will suck the pacifier. the bad is, she suck it like, ... hard. she's drooling. compare to her elder sister, who is 14 yrs old now, is much different during those days.

Annie - posted on 01/11/2010

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My baby is doing this too. The pediatrician told me to give her baby oatmeal cereal in her bottle and start her on baby apple sauce from the stage one jar. Feed her the same kind of foods at every feeding for a couple of weeks just to make sure she is not allergic. The milk isn't enough to satisfy her anymore.

Esther - posted on 01/11/2010

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dont get too excited my first son did it and his teeth didnt appear untill 8 mths!!my daughter is sucking chewing hands like mad but i think its a phase they all go through!

Alexandra - posted on 01/11/2010

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It is really funny to read about everyone going through the same thing! My man does the SAME thing and sometimes ends up gagging himself when he sticks his fingers too far back. hahaha

Stacey - posted on 01/11/2010

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my daughter does the same thing. i thought it was feeding too, but she does it in between bites of her good too...it drives me nuts!!

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter is just over 3 months and she started doing this a few weeks ago and it resulted in her sucking her thumb which she now does to get herself off to sleep.

Nichole - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter does the same thing... I have been giving her teething rings she still chews on her wrist but not as much.

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