My 12 wk old baby sucks and sucks his hand,,,,and its not because he is hungry......does anyones baby do this too???Can he be teething already???????????????????

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Melissa - posted on 02/07/2009

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My daughter will be three months next week and she does the same and it's teething...she wakes up sometimes screaming and jamming her fist in her mouth and feeding doesn't help. I finally gave her a little baby orajel and it helped...not to mention she drools likr a faucet now, too!

Amber - posted on 07/05/2013

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My Daughter did the same thing!!!Came out sucking on her hands and at first it was because she was hungry now i think its because she is teething! Not sure yet

Amber - posted on 09/07/2013

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When I went to my doctor and asked her she said that its just discovering their hands and fingers, so if their gums are not swollen or there is no teeth buds than that is what they are doing. My daughter is five months old now and she is teething, they don't always start on the bottom she is getting hers on the top front left. Also the sucking is a comfort thing, you can tell a difference in soothing and teething by the way the chew or bite down on things they also use their tongue a little more and babies already drool as it but it'll be a lot more of it when they teeth, some babies get a little more fussy when teething some might be like mine and it not really bother them. Cold teething rings and frozen things will help, they say not to use origel for numbing because it just goes away with the saliva and it makes it harder to teeth, (pharmisit told me this) I hope this helped you guys! Good luck mommies!

Puja - posted on 02/16/2009

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My daughter is 12 weeks today, and she has been sucking her fists for over two weeks. She is teething but sucking is just a comfort thing. Its also that she has discovered her hands and is making sure she has it all there everytime she tryes to eat them! LOL... teething process for each baby is different.



I must say it is hillarious seeing my daughter trying to fit both fists in her mouth at the same time.

Bonnie - posted on 02/16/2009

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YES!!! my little boy just turned 12 weeks and chewed on his fingers constantly!! yesterday i finally looked in his mouth and saw 2 little tooth buds, check to make sure but he probably is teething like my little one!! :) congrats

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Amanda - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks for asking this question, I was wondering myself if its too early to be teething. My daughter has loved sucking on her fists since she was born, but now she chews on everything she can get in her mouth, including the soother. It may be discovering, but I am starting to think she may be teething, by the way she chews on things.

Teri - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hello....my little girl is 15 weeks and i think she is teething, she trys to put her whole fist in her mouth, her cheeks are really red and she screems for about half an hour, i give her a little bit of calpole and bonjela and that seems to help!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/15/2009

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yes he is teethiing my daughter is doing the same right now and she is drooling a lot.i would just finish giving her a bottle and she would suck on her fists.

Robyn - posted on 02/11/2009

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My son has been doing that since he was born. It's a comfort thing apparently. It isn't normal for baby's to start teething until they are about 4-9 months I believe. Not sure about the age for teething to start, but I thought my son was starting to teeth as well.

Amy - posted on 02/09/2009

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my daughter does that too. I just think it's something about them having things in their mouths. I just move her hands and put in her passy and she's just fine. I don't think it's a teething thing. My little girl is starting to slobber a lot so it could be teething but doubtful....

Tamara - posted on 02/08/2009

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My baby also sucks his hand, has been doing it since he was about 6 weeks old, he is now 10 weeks, I think it is a comfort thing and he also does it when he is very tired which is a handy hint for when I need to put him to bed!!

Margaret - posted on 02/08/2009

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My baby discovered her thumb about 4weeks ago. I asked my doctor if this was ok that she sucks her thumb. Will it hurt her teeth? Is she teething? My doctor told me it is more a comfort thing and it is totally fine.

Heather - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son has a red chapped mark from sucking on his hand so much. LOL I think they are just trying to figure out what it is.

Katherine - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son is almost 3 months and he does this lots!  He is also drooling a lot....  My oldest got his first tooth at 4 months so I am not sure if this little guy is teething or just discovering :O)

Pamela - posted on 02/06/2009

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My baby does this 2! He's going on to 3 months on the 10th Feb. He drools quite a bit as well. I'm not to worried about it though. It could be that he's just discovering his hands now as he looks at his feet very intensely quite often at this stage, or he's teething so I check his gums often.

Kelly - posted on 02/06/2009

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it could be early teething, a sore throught or some times they just like doing that!

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Mine does! He drools as well. I think he just found that he has hands and wants to taste them and feel them.

Kelly - posted on 02/06/2009

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Mine is doing the same. He is teething because you can see 2 white spots on his bottom gum.

Prue - posted on 02/06/2009

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Mine does the same too, thought it was a little strange at first but after doing a bit of searching and querying I discovered it was just a learning stage. I noticed he sticks his tongue out a bit more too.

Kelly - posted on 02/06/2009

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It may be teething, but not necessarily. Babies use their mouths to explore and discover new things. It starts by putting their hands in their mouths, then your arms/shoulders/fingers, etc. Soon, everything they get their hands on will go in their mouths.



In saying that - my 13 week old is a thumb sucker. The day she got it in there - she slept 13 hours that night. I must say, I don't have a problem with that!

Nicole - posted on 02/06/2009

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I just noticed this few days ago too. Joseph is 2 months old, and he sucks on his fist as if he is going to swallow it. Most of the times he'll take the bottle, because I always think he's hungry when he does that. There has been only a few times (not much) when he'll just suck his fist just for comfort and not wanting to eat. He used to take the paci, but he doesn't care for it anymore.

Kelly - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son is 12 &1/2 wks and he has just started to do the same thing. Drooling and putting his whole hand in his mouth is his favourite thing, also likes to suck on my shoulder when he can. I think it mite be teething but i am not so sure, i cant feel anything when i put my finger in his mouth to check, but i am going to try some Bonjella and see if mayb that can help him. I agree with Kylie, they grow up too fast, i am not ready for him to be starting to cut his first tooth.

Erin - posted on 02/04/2009

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My girl is 11 weeks and she sucks on her hand anytime she isn't eating.  I've heard that some babies just have a strong suckle reflex.  She has a constant hicky on her knuckles, it's kinda funny.

Juliane - posted on 02/04/2009

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Yeah, My daughter does that too, except she tries to stick her whole fist in her mouth, lol

Claire - posted on 02/04/2009

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SNAP my son is doing the same he prefers his hand over a dummy and he is droolin all the time he is never without a bib but his cheeks arent red and he is happy so dont think its teethin yet but alot of mums on here have said there babys started teethin at this age so it could be xx

Greta - posted on 02/03/2009

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Sue, as you can guess from the replies, your child is perfectly normal! :) My 2 1/2 month old daughter gnaws on her hand quite a bit. I get tired of hearing my husband say, "Is she hungry?" or "When is the last time she ate?" , especially when she ate 45 min ago and he was sitting right next to me!!!



My 2 other girls started to have the excessive drooling and pain/crying at 3 months, with 1st tooth appearance at 4 months. For teeting pain, I used Hyland's Teeting Tablets - they are homeopathic. For heavy-duty teething pain, though, you'll have to use Tylenol. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter came out trying to cram her whole fist in her mouth and still does it quite often because she can. And the drooling has picked up because she is producing more saliva. I have a picture on my facebook Bethany album of her chomping on the fist immediately after birth. Check it out if you like.

Leona - posted on 02/03/2009

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my baby has done that since birth I had always thought it was because she was hungry but then when I went to feed her she would just suck on the bottle for a few seconds and let go. I am not to sure if it possible for them to teeth at 12 weeks old but ya never know every baby is different

Carrie - posted on 02/03/2009

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Babies use their mouths to explore their worlds...it wouldn't be uncommon for your little guy to be "getting to know" his hands a bit this way.  Plus, babies have a strong urge to suck.  It is the only self-soothing behavior they are born with, so they tend to use it a lot!  Just try to keep his little hands clean and you should be fine!  : )

Wendy - posted on 02/03/2009

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My 10 week old started doing this too. I think he may teeth early. I also read that it's the way a baby discovers his hands.

Grace - posted on 02/03/2009

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OMGosh, my little girl started that at 10 weeks and it only got more often. She's now 12 weeks and she does it with her fist and on my sholder, so Yes I think they could be teething!

Rachael - posted on 02/03/2009

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my daughter is 3 mthsand shes been doing it from day 1 she loves sucking on her hands i think she finds them very interesting she does it most when she isnt hungry it could be early stages of teething but he might just love playing with his hands thats what i think it is with my daughter anyway.

Fawn - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Sue:

My 12 wk old baby sucks and sucks his hand,,,,and its not because he is hungry......does anyones baby do this too???Can he be teething already???????????????????




My daughter started doing this too. A few weeks ago my doctor said she is in the early stage of teething; the only difference is she has a diaper rash and she bites her hand and other objects--opposed to sucking. Apparently this is to help "cut" the tooth through the gums.

Kylie - posted on 02/03/2009

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Yeah i agree with Meling, they grow up so quickly you wait 9 months for them which seems forever and then when there here they grow up to quickly!! i have noticed Isabella has started putting toys in her mouth now xx

Meling - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter is 10 weeks old and she is starting to suck on her fists.  It's her discovering her hands.  I also noticed that she watches her fingers move.  Totally normal.  It's amazing how babies discover new things so quickly.  Enjoy your time with them!

Kylie - posted on 02/03/2009

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hi my lil girl does this, she is teething already but wont take a dummy or teething rings yet so she sticks both hands in her mouth, everyone says she has a big mouth like her mum lol xx

Chantelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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Lol mine does this too!! if its not his hand, arm, foot.. its my arm or neck. He sucks so hard that he's given both of us hickeys. Unfortunately, he refuses to use a pasifier too. There is soo much saliva, that I now keep a bib on him at all times. lol I even started to check every day to see if its teething. Some of my friends children started teething at 2 months.

Amy - posted on 02/03/2009

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My 2.5 month old is TEETHING.... he was sucking his hands hard, drooling and SCREAMING for hours at night.... i took him to the doctor yesterday and the doctor examined his gums.. his bottom teeth are coming in already!!  trust me, you will know if he/she is teething.... they will cry for hours and not stop!!! The only thing that helps is Tylenol and oragel! good luck! 

Jo - posted on 02/03/2009

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my son is 11weeks he has been chewing his hands for a while now babys at this stage realise they have hands n putting things in there mouth is there way of learning they learn texture through here mouth. wen they start really biting there hands n chewing dummys like mine is doing its the 1st stage og theething it can happen at any age

x jo

Lisa - posted on 02/02/2009

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my daughter is 10 weeks old and has been drooling like crazy and biting on her hands. she is also a little crankier. when she went to the doctors last week he said that she is teething early but still may not get her actual teeth for months. he suggested teethers and anbesol. she has had a few nights where she was very cranky and fussy but calmed down and slept immediately after putting the baby orajel on her gums! i'm in shock too that she is teething this early! it's way too fast for me!

Sue - posted on 02/02/2009

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Oh my...I wonder why some babies are teething form the begining??? Were you late early??with your due dates....lol i geuss that wouldnt have that much to do with it....still in being pregnant brain.

Heather - posted on 02/02/2009

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My doctor had told me my daughter wasn't teething when I said the same to her.  But sure enough my daughter cut her first tooth @ 3 months old! So yes they do teeth that early and I think because she was almost always teething from the beginning she handled getting her teeth in very well.

Stacey - posted on 02/02/2009

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same here my 11 weekold has been sucking anything he can get to his mouth he has also starting like grinding his gums down on his teat or dummy i have the same question!

Jill - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son just started two days ago. I thought that he just found his hands or is teething. I'm not ready for teeth! 

Sue - posted on 02/02/2009

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Liam isnt a fan of his soother,and he isnt really sucking his thumb...more like his hole hand....

Gemma - posted on 02/02/2009

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my lil boy is the same age and does the same thing, he wont take a dummy at the moment but i am trying to convince him to coz i would rather he had a dummy (which can be taken away) then him suck on his thumb. he manage to have a dummy for a few minutes yestoday though

Margaret - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Sue:

My 12 wk old baby sucks and sucks his hand,,,,and its not because he is hungry......does anyones baby do this too???Can he be teething already???????????????????




Hi Sue,



My name is Margaret and my 9 1/2 week old son Wyatt does the exact same thing!! I think its a way for them to passify themselves. Both my kids have dummies as infants but Jack my eldest, threw his away at 5 months and started sucking his thumb and hasn't had on since and Wyatt sucks his thumb now.... I think its just a soothing technique.

Emily - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter does it aswell! ALOT....i heard that its them discovering their hands and also from when they were in the womb, some of them do it as a comfort thing. Someone also told me that they are trying to find the familliar taste of the amniotic fluid....?

Kate - posted on 02/01/2009

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I'd say hes teething my sone is 12 weeks and has been teething for the past 3 weeks and you cann just feel a little peggy on his gum, id just try some bonjela mine soon stops for a bit after that

Natalie - posted on 02/01/2009

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hi, just to let you know that my baby also does this, shes always got her hands in her mouth but she was also born with a tooth so its most likely him teething yes. x

Berna - posted on 02/01/2009

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My baby loves to suck her hands! She discovered the sucking 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately she doesn't stop with her hands. She likes to suck on my arm when im carrying her, so now i have little baby hiccies on my arms!

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