My baby girl sucks on her fingers all the time!!

Tonya - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 3 months old and when she was first born the dr told me that when she sucks on her finger or hand that thats a cue she hungry. Well now she does it all the time i will feed her almost 5 oz and she still sucks on her fingers or hand i dont think it from her being hungry now but why does she do it and how can i get her to stop????

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Karen - posted on 08/16/2009

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It's just a soothing mechanism, like sucking her thumb or a pacifier. I wouldn't worry about it or try to make her stop. It's normal. She could have some teething pain even though you might not see teeth for a little while. The pain starts before the teeth come in. My first child sucked her hands and thumb when she was a baby, and stopped on her own. Your baby is only 3 months old.....I definately would NOT put bitter nail polish on her nails!

Monica - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son sucked on his fingers starting at age 2 mos., and sucked on them ALL the time until he eventually gave up the habit at about 6 mos. It's not always a hunger cue and it doesn't necessarily signal teething either, it's just something that some babies like to do. I don't think it's anything to worry about, like Kristin says.

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Colleen - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son does this too. He's 2.5 months and he's done this for a few weeks now. He sucks his index finger. It could be teething because he drools ALL the time and he also likes to chomp down on my knuckle, but it's also partly soothing. He would much rather suck on his finger than his soother, and as soon as that finger goes in his mouth, he's falling asleep. Honestly, I don't intend to stop it. I know it can become a bad habit later on (I was a thumb-sucker until I was 10), but I welcome it. He's self-soothing and instead of crying in the middle of the night because he lost his pacifier, he's content to just stick that finger back in his mouth and fall back so sleep.

Tammy Cara - posted on 08/19/2009

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Ps - Never leave her alone with a carrot.I know it's common sense but just in case! She could get a tiny piece off or it might be too thin and she could put it too far down her throat .Always watch!

Tammy Cara - posted on 08/19/2009

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When they are very little finger sucking is a clue that your baby is hungry.But now she is older and exploring a bit more it could mean a great many things.My three month old also loves sucking her fingers.I think that she's at the very begining of teething because she loves to BITE my finger and she is drooling more.I read somewhere to give them the large end of a cold carrot ( as they have no teeth to break off little bits and choke).It's big enough for her to put only about half in her mouth .She loves it and would far rather chew on her carrot than on her fingers now.It also gave her the chance to practise her hand eye co-ordination as I hold out the carrot for her and she takes it from me and puts it in her mouth herself.She still sucks on her fingers when she is tired though - she would rather have them than her dummy.So I guess thay soothe her too.Don't try to feed you little one more to stop finger sucking - there are so many reasons for it !

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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you dont have a thumb sucker... you have a finger sucker! lol Mine started that at about 3 months old. Would stick her ring finger and middle finger in her mouth when she started gettin tired. She falls asleep with them in there and after she falls asleep I have to pull them out! lol shes 11 months now and im trying to break the habit, everytime I see them in there I just take them out, we'll see how that goes, but for you, it could be teething, or its soothing and just wants to suck! : )

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2009

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i never gave my daughter a pacifier, she always sucked her 2 fingers, she will be a year old tomorrow and when shes tired, upset, she sucks her fingers... for us it has nothing to do with hunger its just the sucking reflex that babies have...did u put her on a pacifier... why do u want her to stop??? i think it the most adorable thing ever... so do most people, we get stopped all the time by people saying "wow thats so interesting that she sucks those two fingers"

Angelique - posted on 08/17/2009

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Your baby might just like the feeling of the hand and fingures in her mouth. Babies learn by putting everything in there mouth and it will go away with age. There isnt much to worry about now. When your child gets older and is still sucking on her fingures like a binkie then you might start to worry. I have a suggestion for that but you have a long time to wait before you try this. I wouldn't try it until your child is around 2 1/2 or 3 years old when the fingure thing becomes a problem, but i must say that this is not my suggestion. It sounds harsh, but if your child doesnt like hot food try putting some mild hot sauce on her fingures or a type of food that she doesnt like. I havent tried this, but my mother-in-law used this method with my husband. She says that its better then paying thousands of dollars on dentist bills to get your childs teeth fixed.

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you think she is teething due to the amount she drinks? is she uncomfortable in any way whilst feeding? are her gums swolen? is she very fussy when she puts her fingers in her mouth? i thought it was amazing when my daughter found her fingers and put them in her mouth to explore. lol. was so sweet..

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babies do suck their hands.. its perfectly normal and is not always down to teething. babies use their mouth to explore things.. and hen they find their hands they want toexplore them.. dont start using all the numbing gels used for teething because it probably isnt..

Simone - posted on 08/17/2009

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My daughter is 2 and she does it all the time. Even when shes not hungry or tired. I think she just like sucking on her thumb and fingers. I tryed Stop Chew from the Chemist is tastes awful, but she likes the taste now. But the pharmisist said some kids don't like it at all.

Steph - posted on 08/17/2009

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my lil girl is 10 weeks old and she does the exact same thing ALL THE TIME!!! she dribbles constantly 2, im thinkin i mit b seein a tooth soon! im already feedin her 5 ounces, sometimes 6, shes not havin any more yet lol xxx

Natasha - posted on 08/17/2009

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My daughter has sucked her thumb pretty much since she was born. I cant get her to take a nookie. I think its pretty cute and wouldnt worry to much about it......the best thing with her sucking her thumb to sooth her and not a nookie is it is one less thing to worry about taking with or finding. Her thumb is always there.

Kristin - posted on 08/15/2009

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As she gets older, it can be something she does to soothe herself. My son has sucked his middle and ring finger for as long as I can remember, and it has become his way of soothing himself. When he gets hurt, is nervous/shy, or tired, in those fingers go. It's nothing to worry about and she will stop when she is ready.

Lucy - posted on 08/15/2009

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Please don't put bitter nail polish or any other chemicals on your babies fingers, you could make her very poorley!



Babies learn and explore things with their mouths, this is how they learn about different tastes and textures! it is completely normal for your little girl to suck her fingers just like she will put her toys and anything else she can get her hands on in her mouth... she's learnin don't try and stop her!

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LOL, I promise you, its okay. Its the breast that gives a baby's mouth the proper form, not a finger that malforms it. So in other words, you're more likely to have crooked teeth if you were bottlefed than have crooked teeth because you sucked your fingers as an infant.

Cortnie - posted on 08/14/2009

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Some people will say it is teething, some will say she is hungry.... but the fact of the matter is, she found her hands and fingers! :D It is an awsome thing when baby discover new things. My son just recently found his toes and boy does he love them. He could lay there for an hour playing with his toes! This is an exciting time... your baby is learning :). There really isn't any need for her to stop sucking her hands right now, it is normal for babies to do that. So, take a deep breathe, relax and enjoy watching your baby discover new things :)

Tonya - posted on 08/14/2009

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yes she takes a binkie but sometimes she doesnt want it. she will wake up in the middle of the night sucking her fingers. She drools alot to so i think she is teething but i want her to stop because i dont want her to be sucking it when shes older and we have to get her teeth fixed

Samantha - posted on 08/14/2009

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My dr told me the same thing. Now my daughter is 4 years old and still sucks her finger. You should stop it before it is a real problem. We are going to have to get her teeth fixed because of it. We have tried everything we can think of to get her to stop but she still does it. Does your daughter take a binky at all?

Gemma - posted on 08/14/2009

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My little man does it too and has done since he was 2 - 3 months. Ive put it down to teething :) the amount of wet t-shirts I get!

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Amber - posted on 08/14/2009

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3 months is not to younge for her to be teething, i have seen babies born with teeth, every child develops at different ages, i wouldn't be too worried about it, she's at the age where she is learning about her body, pretty soon she will be sucking on her toes also.

Tonya - posted on 08/14/2009

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ya i thought she was teething but everyone tells me she too young for that! i give her her binkie and she will suck on that for awhile but then she dont want it anymore

Sondra - posted on 08/14/2009

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well my 5 month old does the same thing! i think it is mostly teathing less about hunger. as for making them stop i use a nookie but that only works sometimes!

Sondra - posted on 08/14/2009

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well my 5 month old does the same thing! i think it is mostly teathing less about hunger. as for making them stop i use a nookie but that only works sometimes!

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