How do I stop my 10 month old from jamming her fingers down her throat??

Samantha - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old has a problem with jamming her hands and fingers down her throat. How can I stop her from doing that?

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Michelle - posted on 06/28/2011

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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! :)

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2011

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my daughter is 16 months old and still does this.. i found out that she usually does it when she has a burb that she cant get out.. bout other times she just like the feeling it gives her..

Carrie - posted on 06/23/2011

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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.

Ginger - posted on 06/26/2011

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My daughter would do this when she would be upset. Dr. says is like kids who bang their heads against the wall. I just had to continue to tell her not to do it. She's 2 now and I can't remember the last time she did it.

Lucy - posted on 06/25/2011

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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.

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Cassandra - posted on 06/24/2011

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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

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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.

Laura - posted on 06/24/2011

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She is probably teething and missing the spot. I would ignore it and she will work it out for herself. Worth thinking about Erins comment too. But vinegar, please WHY??????

Kristy - posted on 06/24/2011

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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.

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011

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My daughter does this when she has an ear infection. The eustacian tube that connects the throat to the ears gets aggitated and it must feel soothing for her. Just throwing that one out there too. lol

Sally - posted on 06/24/2011

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If she's doing for the same reason my girls did, wait till her molars come in. Teething toys don't fit back there, but fingers do.

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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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