gagging himself with finger

Heather - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my one year old will shove his finger so far back in his mouth that he gags himself and pukes. I've been giving him the soother, and this helps but are there any other ideas?? and does anyone know why he might do this???

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Caitlin - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son did this around the same time. He would only do it when we were in the car and I couldnt pay attention to him. I think kids mostly do it for attention because the figure out that we will always check to make sure that they are okay. But I do agree with Christy that he could be doing this because he is stressed or frustrated about something. Pay attention to when he is doing it and you should be able to figure out if he's doing it for attention or not. If that's the case then I would just ignore it. Obviously check to make sure he is okay but dont make a big deal about it. Good luck!

Christy - posted on 03/05/2010

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He is stressed about something. My son can gag himself without his finger! Sounds like he is getting frustrated and can't convey to you what's bothering him b/c he can't talk. I get my son to stop by changing the situation he's in, I will get his favorite book and read to him, or turn on the TV, take him outside, etc. It helps a lot. Now that my son can talk (somewhat) I ask him to show me what's wrong and he usually does. Most of the time it's a tummy ache, or he dropped a toy somewhere and can't reach it.

Kristin - posted on 03/04/2010

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Is he teething? Mine would gnaw on his fingers and periodically gag himself. If he is doing it just for attention, ignore the behaviour, redirect him, and clean up the mess. Get excited about something else he does and he should stop soon. Good luck.

Shannon - posted on 03/04/2010

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Attention!!! My son did that when he was his age. it makes absolutley no sense at all...because youre with him 24/7!!! I know! I said the same thing! He does it because he can get a reaction out of you...forinstance..if everytime he does that and you give him a soother...he learns hey mom gives me what I want when I do this! Because I too gave mine a binkey everytime he gagged himself. I know its hard to do but ignore him....clean up the puke and ignore him! Its horrible but after we started ignorning him the gagging slowly came to a halt...now he just comes up to me and says "nap, I need nap" lol and he thinks hes getting a bink! lol Hope this helped you at all!

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