Baby "chewing" on tongue?

Trinity - posted on 12/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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So my 3 month old in gnawing on her tongue, nothing too much to cause it to bleed and she doesn't have teeth but I am still kinda worried. I have never seen another child do this! She also only sticks it out sideways. Should I be worried? Do your babies do this?

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User - posted on 10/04/2012

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My 5 month old son has two bottom teeth and he started chewing his tongue at 4 months after he got his teeth, but he only chews on the side. Im worried that it would lead to a speech problem.

Jodie - posted on 12/12/2009

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My youngest started doing it at 3 1/2 months and then a couple of weeks later she cut her first tooth, she still does it now, and she's 8 months old! I don't know if the teething has anything to do with it, but it seemed that way with all 4 of my children!

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My daughter has done this since she first started getting teeth.....it's a natural way for them to relieve the pressure on their gums. Right now my daughter is cutting her two year old molars....meaning they are just pushing through the surface and she's constantly chewing her tongue.

Simone - posted on 12/12/2009

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My daughter is 8 months and started sucking on her own tounge a month ago.

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Trinity - posted on 12/12/2009

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Thank you everyone. I guess I should be looking for her first tooth! I try to give her things to chew on but she hasn't master the art of holding onto stuff yet.

Rebecca - posted on 12/12/2009

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Babies do this as a sign of being ready for food as well as what the other ladies have said. If she sees you eat food and copy's you then she is getting ready to take on food very soon. Next month you will be able to start rice cereal. As the other ladies have said it can also be teeth. My daughter did this for 3 weeks then cut her first tooth, she was jsut shy of 5months old. She was also started on rice cereal around the same time and she is now on some veggies being introduced.

It is very normal so no worries:) Just buy a teething ring and she'll be happy. My daughter did this so much the tip of her tounge was bleeding under the skin adn you could see it. This is how iknew it was a tooth for sure.

Francesca - posted on 12/12/2009

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i wouldnt worry very much, my daughter around that age did the same thing. I believed it is because they feel comfort from having someing in their mouths or playing with their tongs. Think about it, babys are usually use to breast feeding, bottle feeding, pacifiers, and stuff like that, so it is soothing to them to play with their toungs and chew it.

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