my daughter ellie plays with her belly button how can i stop her from doing it .

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Erin - posted on 12/28/2010

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Okay so my son (4 1/2) has been doing this for quite some time now. Clearly it is a comfort thing as he literally gets upset and goes right for the tummy. It does bother me, but I recognize why he's doing it and just try to distract him from it. Last night however, when he was getting undressed for the bath, I noticed that his whole button and surrounding area are gray-I'm guessing a bruise, but not purple, gray. He's got an innie and I'm worried he's gotten or will get something in it that will become infected. We cleaned it out with peroxide and put a piece of tape over it. He made it through the night, but I really like the idea of replacing this with something else. Clearly, he needs the soothing from time to time so I think that is best. I do think this is a habit that ought to be curbed by the time he starts school next fall.

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Tara - posted on 01/25/2009

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My daughter who is 5 and in kindergarten has always been fascinated with her belly button. She is getting better with it as she gets older, I rarely see her play with it any more. It was definately a security thing. She would do it most when she went to sleep or when she would drink from her bottle or sippy cup.

Audra - posted on 01/25/2009

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My 6 year old daughter used to play with her belly button when she was little. She doesn't touch her belly anymore, now she picks her nose....lol......I guess we get rid of one and gain a new one.

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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have you tried to put bandages on it so she wont really bother it even though she might pull the bandages off. other then that you might have to just find great ways to distract her everytime she starts messing with it.  But i still think as longs as she is not breaking any skin it should be ok .

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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I say as long as she is not hurting herself let it be. No harm can be done.

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Janette - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Jayne:



thank you she is not hurting herself  but it is an outty and she needs it op on it .





My question is you say she needs an op on it?!  Does SHE know that??  If she does, that might be why she is touching it so much....Just a thought:)

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My daughter Emma is 7 and she still is infatuated with her belly button the doctor told us that it was fine that it was natures built in toy.  When she was little it was like a child sucking it's thumb, she always had her finger in her belly button, now she mainly does it if she is nervous or tired and not so much at school anymore. 

Fran - posted on 01/25/2009

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My daughter did it from 10 months to about 4 years old. She just out grew it. But it was her security thing, she even named her belly button. The doctor said it was no big thing she would out grow it and she did.

Naena - posted on 01/25/2009

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It is good that you know her well enough to know why she is doing it.  If she is old enough for you to discuss it then I would suggest a pretty bracelet with lots of little balls or hanging charms on it.  Talk to her about switching from the belly button to the bracelet - pulling on it, counting the balls, etc. Explain that now that she is in school, it is not appropriate to expose her tummy to others. Whatever reason you use be sure you are not focusing on how others may treat her because of it. You do not want to set her up to believe that others are making fun of her when it may never happen. As you know, it is easy to believe that someone is laughing at you when it has nothing to do with you! Maybe your daughter is not the bracelet type - maybe she would rather carry a really cool rock in her pocket. Find something that appeals to her character and I think you will be able to help her make the transition. You can even ask her what she might like - she may have her own great suggestion. Good luck!

Jayne - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Magi:

MY DAUGHTERS 10YRS AND STILL DOES IT MY BEST ADVICE IS TO GIVE HER SOMETHING TO HOLD WHEN YOU SEE HER DOING IT I THINK ITS A COMFORT THING



thank you i will tyr it .

Jayne - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Naena:



Is there a reason you want her to stop? My son started doing it sometime around 9 months and initially I felt the same way but it was his way of comforting himself. Instead of sucking his thumb or carrying around his favorite blanket, he would play with his belly button. He is now 2 years and he only does it when he is going to sleep. It is a self-comforting thing, very similar to an adult that twirls her hair, taps his foot or hums. Be happy that your little girl is already learning she can rely on herself and you for comfort.





thank you , she plays with it when she is up set or when she goes to sleep but  she is at school now and i dont want her to be picked on

Magi - posted on 01/25/2009

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MY DAUGHTERS 10YRS AND STILL DOES IT MY BEST ADVICE IS TO GIVE HER SOMETHING TO HOLD WHEN YOU SEE HER DOING IT I THINK ITS A COMFORT THING

Naena - posted on 01/25/2009

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Is there a reason you want her to stop? My son started doing it sometime around 9 months and initially I felt the same way but it was his way of comforting himself. Instead of sucking his thumb or carrying around his favorite blanket, he would play with his belly button. He is now 2 years and he only does it when he is going to sleep. It is a self-comforting thing, very similar to an adult that twirls her hair, taps his foot or hums. Be happy that your little girl is already learning she can rely on herself and you for comfort.

Jayne - posted on 01/25/2009

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thank you she is not hurting herself  but it is an outty and she needs it op on it .

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