How do I stop my 10 month old from jamming her fingers down her throat??
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Michelle - posted on 06/28/2011
This is common for babies...this is how they learn cause and effect. Putting finger down throat=gag. It also gets attention from mom, which they love! I used to tell my daughter NO, but then she'd do it more. I finally started to divert her attention or ignored the act, and it eventually stopped. Remember, babies are new to the world...they need to try things out...even if it drives us bonkers! :)
Carrie - posted on 06/23/2011
My all most 11 month old son does the same. My daughter did it too. Unfortunately it's just something they have to learn not to do. When my son does it I say NO! then he gags and he eventually stops. Hard as it is I think they just have to learn from experience.
Lucy - posted on 06/25/2011
My son also did it at about the same age... Don't know why it started in the first place, but became an attention seeking thing I think because I would of course always go to stop him doing it. So eventually I just ignored it and he gave up in a week or so.
Cassandra - posted on 06/24/2011
Ask her politely why she is doing it. Allow for her answer. Maybe it will amaze you. Find out what is really going on, with out any judgement. Learn, sympathize and encourage her to release this act, only because it may actually be unpleasant for her.
Patrice - posted on 06/24/2011
My son used to do that. It made me upset, at first I said NO...and took his hands away which seemed to make him do it more. So I would sit by him when he was eating, if he went to put his hands in his mouth i would take them a way and....start singing, play peek-a-boo...something to distract him from doing it. that seemed to work better. IMO..saying NO all the time makes the word useless, so distracting worked best for us.
Kristy - posted on 06/24/2011
My daughter just turned 3 and she still does this. When ever she gets up set She jams her fingers into the back of her throat and gags herself. I've been told by many moms that she will eventually grow out if it. I've also been told that if she ever does make herself throw up that it'll be such a horrible experience for her that she wont ever do it again. Most of the time I just tell her to get her hand out of her mouth and she stops. I don't know if it helps or not, but I'm passing on what has been told to me.
I wish I had an answer for this one. Both of my girls used to do this and then laugh, but they grew out of it as they got older and I was able to teach them about keeping things out of their mouth. I guess to them its an interesting feeling so they try it over and over. I used to tell them "no no sweetie" and pull their hands away.
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