My baby gags herself

Ash - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




She's 11 months old, and has a habit of sticking her fingers in her mouth and gagging herself. I understand she's teething and babys tend to chew on their fingers, but this is not that. I've ran to her on more than one occasion thinking she was choking, only to find almost her whole hand in her mouth. I've tried to discourage her from doing it, but she does not stop. She's actually made herself throw up a few times. Is this a normal baby phase?


Bethany - posted on 01/15/2010




I've heard this is normal. Charlotte does the same thing. They need to learn how far things can go before they choke. Same thing with solid bits of food, it's good for them to gag, so they learn about swallowing.

Remember, gagging is not choking. Choking is quiet, with panicky look and not much movement. That's when they need your help.

If they're coughing and gagging, they are ok and you just leave them to it, and I say "good girl, cough it up" and she goes on happy as larry.

If you think she's got something in her mouth, do a sweep of her mouth, starting going in along one cheek, across her throat and out her other cheek and see if you find anything

Samantha - posted on 04/25/2013




Well at least I know now that my baby is perfectly normal, lol. She has just turned 10 months and she has been doing this for a few weeks now. She has all of her front teeth so I automatically thought that maybe it was her back teeth. Thanks everyone for your help!


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Marguerite - posted on 01/19/2010




My son too!! Must be the 11month olds trend!! What is even more funny is he has gone from picking up food with his fingers to licking it up off the table, floor or pretty much wherever he can find something edible to pick up with his mouth!! The things they go through to discover all of their senses. Amazing when you think about it!!

Bria - posted on 01/19/2010




my son does that too ....i dont know why they do that but bethany's reason sounds good but he doesnt really do as much anymore so i think he's growing out of it .

Geneal - posted on 01/19/2010




My daughter is also 11 months and she does the same thing. My 3 year old did it as well when she was little. You are not alone.

Mari - posted on 01/19/2010




yes it is normal, when I did a transition to solids course they told us that baby's stick they're fingers in their mouths to desensitise the gag reflex so they don't gag when they discover new textures whit food. (I hope that came out right and that you understand whatn I'm trying to say).

she should stop doing that soon.

Valerie - posted on 01/18/2010




I've read that this is normal. She is just finding she has control over some aspects of her body. It produces a new sensation to her and she knows that it gets your attention pronto! My daughter does the fake cough thing. I think she just likes me asking if she's ok and patting her back.

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My little guy doesn't do that, but apparently *I* used to! My parents love to relate how I used to gag myself, then make myself throw up, because I knew it would get me some attention when I wanted it--after all, if you're mad they're putting you in the crib, there's no faster way to get you out of it than to throw up over everything! My mother keeps waiting for her payback time with my boy ;-)

Ash - posted on 01/17/2010




My daughter does the fake coughing too, just so I can ask "Are you OK?" and pat her back. It's nice to know that other people are going through the same thing.

Nikki - posted on 01/16/2010




Welcome to the club. My daughter is 11 months as well and does it. My son also did it when he was that age. They grow out of it. I find it works to tell her no and gently smack her hand. She usually stops for a while then.

Dawn - posted on 01/16/2010




My son doesn't gag himself to the point of throwing up but his hand is always in his mouth and he tends to "choke" on his spit alot. When he drinks from his sippy cup he will usually start "choking" a bit so I will pat his back....he will now sometimes fake "choke" (silly coughing when smiling) so I will come and pat his back!!!

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