Please Help, My 14 month old Daughter is sticking her fingers down her throat.

Michelle - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old Daughter started sticking her fingers down her throat last week, and has made herself vomit twice. Every time I try and pull her fingers out of her mouth, she laughs and thinks it is a game. How do I get her to stop?

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Kelley - posted on 03/16/2013

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I'm aware of the mistakes in my post. it would not allow me to see while I was writing. or to correct it..
thank you

Kelley - posted on 03/16/2013

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My friends 16 month old does this plus pulls out, yes pulls out her own hair. it is quite disturbing . please suggesta better way to hel then turning away. she pulls her hair out while in bed.. so we can not just ignore it.. no one runs in to her to stop.. he is a beautiful little girl & is very loved at home..
looking for help for a friend & a little beauty

Melissa - posted on 12/05/2009

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Don't worry. I am a therapist and my 15 mo old daughter started doing that when she was about 9 mo old. I thought Oh God, I have a bulemic daughter already. :). Don't make a big deal about it with her and it will pass. She will just stop on her own.

Damali - posted on 12/05/2009

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she's not sticking her down their intentionally... when they are teething they tend to do this... more than likely her back teeth are coming in... just give things to soothe the gums

Janet - posted on 11/29/2009

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Hi there i had the

same problem with James but i kept on pulling fingers out then after a little while i think it was about 2 weeks i just kept pulling his fingers out then he stopped on his own ..... but i was thinking where he got it from...

Alicia - posted on 11/28/2009

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I have several friends who are have similar issues with their LO. Putting hands down pants, in curiousity, gagging themselves, hitting, bitting. Apparently, all normal stages and not much attention should be paid to it. However, there are a few suggestions that I have adopted and appreciated. Although, you CAN ignore behavior, such as fits, at this age...there are also anti-social behaviors that should be discouraged. Perhaps buy the book (I don't know the specific name) about what we do with our hands. Also, I have found that my daughter responds very well to a 1-2 minute timeout when she behaves in a way that is anti-social, such as biting, or hitting. Since you do not want to be around your votting child, needlessly, and other people do not want to...I would catagorize this the same way. Simply say something like, "that is not nice, I do not want to be around you when you do that with your hands." Put in timeout (I use the pack n play) or simply leave the room, so that the child is isolated and gets the message that people don't want to be around that...good luck!

Cindy - posted on 11/22/2009

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So sad, you're going through this, but SOOO relieved to hear it. My almost 15 month old son has been doing the same thing and it's driving me nuts! The bad part is that he tends to do it during meals or in car rides (he's still backwards facing)!! The things they do in the name of "learning experience"...sheesh!!

Heidi - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter did this for a while, we went through a few months of vomit. So gross. We finally just started turning away from her when she'd start or ignored it completely and she stopped. They are just checking out the rules and boundries, you just have to give them praise when they do something good and ignore the bad as to not encourage it.

Wendy - posted on 11/20/2009

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It is also a new and (at this point) interesting feeling she has discovered. My son does this from time to time, and discovers after the dry heave that it was not so fun after all. Don't give a huge reaction and it seems less fun, happens less, and eventually not at all). It will pass with time, as most phases with babies/toddlers do.

DONNA - posted on 11/20/2009

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shes cutting molars so if you give her a popcicle or frozen fresh whole carrot(she should not be able to bite chunks if its frozen) that will help soothe her pain, or use orajel for babies(only temperary)

Amanda - posted on 11/20/2009

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My son has been doing the same thing of late. He thought it was a game and also loved the way i quickly responded to give him tonns of attention each time he did this. Well i then ignored him next time he did this and therefter and he eventually lost interest in the "game".

Michelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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Jessica, the only thing I have found to work so far is I try to find something to distract her, like a toy or her favorite blankie. Sometimes it doesn't always work though, like today for instance we were getting ready to go out somewhere, and I had just buckled her into her carseat and she did it and made herself vomit.

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If you can find away to make your daughter stop please let me know. My daughter does that to i have tried everything even talk to her doctor he told me that it was normal and had do something to do with her learning to feed herself.

Emily - posted on 11/19/2009

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Lol. My daugher's 14 months and she just starting do this! I try to take it in stride and just pull her fingers out when she does it. She hasn't vomited yet, but she gags and it freaks me out. Why do kids do this? How strange.

Caryn - posted on 11/16/2009

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Make sure to not react at all. Kids do stuff to get a reaction and will thrive even off of a negetive one.

Michelle - posted on 11/16/2009

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Thanks Caryn! Trust me, I don't laugh or smile at her when she does it. It freaks me out because I don't want her to make herself vomit. I will definitely try the "that's not nice, we don't do that". Hopefully that will work better than me just asking/telling her to stop.

Caryn - posted on 11/16/2009

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My DD did this when she was around that age (shes 5now). Its just something they've learned to do and will continue doing it until they've discovered something else. Best thing you can do is continue to pull her hand away from her mouth and firmly say "no, thats not nice, we don't do that" When/if she laughs/smiles about it you just turn away. If you laugh back or even smile she'll start to think its a game.

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