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Jen - posted on 04/24/2012
My now 3 1/2 year old used to do this too, not to the point of throwing up, but he'd put his hand in his mouth as far as he could until he gagged or retched. Then he'd laugh hysterically and do it over and over again. I have no idea why he did it, but I didn't worry about it because I had a dozen moms tell me it was not uncommon. I don't exactly remember how old he was when he started, but he did it for probably about 6-8 months. Eventually he outgrew it. I'd be a little more concerned if he had been throwing up because of it, but apparently you've already talked to your doctor and s/he isn't worried, so try to not stress about it! Your daughter will most likely outgrow it before too long. Good luck!
Heather - posted on 04/24/2012
My two year old did tthe same thing when he was an infant. He just enjoyed eating his fingers so much that sometimes he would get carried away and gag. Its totally normal. Just try and redirect your baby when you can since you don't want a two year old that touches EVERY dirty thing chewing on their fingers all the time! *shudder* ;)
Sara - posted on 04/24/2012
My son went through a stage where he was putting his finger or fingers in the back of his mouth almost all the time. It IS normal; there is nothing wrong with it; the ones who do it are just exploring. They might be exploring the inside of their mouth, or they might be exploring what happens if I do this. I'm not sure which my son was doing, but he eventually stopped (at least I hope he's over it...it's been several months now) : ) Enjoy your baby! Just telling no, don't do that what she does, and she'll stop eventually.
Dawn - posted on 04/24/2012
My son did this too because he knew he would get a bath and he loved taking a bath. Once I figured this out, I sat him down and told him next time he would not get a bath (in very serious tone). He stopped doing it after that. Mind you he wasn’t even talking yet, but they still understand what you are saying. He's 20 now and totally normal:)
Louise - posted on 04/23/2012
My daughter did this a couple of times but did not like the gagging. My son however discovered this trick and thought it was great fun! He has even made himself sick while we were in the car driving home. He is sixteen months now and although he still does it occasionally, he has pretty much stopped. I wouldn't worry too much it's just the kids exploring new things. They will soon get bored and find something else to do!
Missie - posted on 04/23/2012
Trust me when i say as upsetting as it is and as awful as this sounds it really is ok. My son who is now 21 months began doing this around 9 or 10 months and continued until just a few months ago. I had him at the doctors office and asked everyone i knew about it. They ran tests to ease my mind and he wasn't loosing weight or causing himself any major issues except the need for many clothing changes. One day he just stopped and hasn't done it again since. I think maybe for him it was partly him teething and him trying to scratch the itch and dull the pain his poor mouth must have been feeling.
Elfrieda - posted on 04/23/2012
My son did that a couple of times. Is she doing it on purpose, or is she just chewing on her fingers and they go in too far? My son was very upset each time he started gagging, and he learned pretty fast not to do that. I think that's normal, but maybe not if she's doing it on purpose. Unless it's attention-seeking behaviour, just like throwing a tantrum?
Louise - posted on 04/23/2012
It is normal for a child to explore their mouths with their fingers. Just make sure she has lots of hand held toys that are stimulating. Try and remove her hands when she does this and discourage her. A lot of the time babies do this as they have sore gums from teething. Make sure lots of teething toys are on offer as well and keep her topped up with cooling gel on her gums.
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