Why does my 4 month old keep hitting himself in the face?

A - posted on 05/25/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi,
My 4 month old baby boy has been closing his right fist and hitting himself in the mouth usually the right side also. Very rare does he do this with his left hand. It doesnt seem to be hurting him but I am concerned why he is doing this? Has any one else had the same experience? If so what was the result? Thanks!

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Leigh - posted on 05/25/2011

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My son who is 18mo now found his fist, then eventually his thumb around 3months of age. He definately hit himself in the face on a regular basis until he got the coordination down of getting his thumb in his mouth. He now is addicted to his right thumb!! I wouldn't worry about it, he probably just realized his hands were there and that if he aims just right he can get them to his mouth.

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A - posted on 05/25/2011

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Btw he does sometimes fall asleep quickly after so maybe it has to do with that? And just added info he does not cry himself to sleep he goes to sleep without needing to be coaxed(knock on wood no bragging here) :)

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