How do I get my 10 month old to stop?

Nicole - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old has two bottom teeth and one top tooth and she insists on grinding them together lately now that she has figured out they are there. How do I get her to stop grinding her teeth so she doesn't destroy them?

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Ashley - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son did that for the longest . When he did it i just told him to stop and i would point at his teeth. And finally he just stopped doing it. I think its just cause they realize they are there and there just playing with them. But i wouldnt worry about it unless you start seeing that hes actually messing them up. Which i dont think will happen. And if your still concerned talk to his doctor. Hope i was any help Good luck

Alleah - posted on 11/12/2009

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I was actually JUST reading about this in What to Expect the First Year. It was saying that one of the reasons babies do this is just to hear the sound. It's part of their explorations of their own bodies. It said that ignoring it is the best way to go, because eventually, the sound won't be as interesting to them anymore. It also said that it's a stress reaction/tension release for babies. If your baby has any extra stresses in her life (teething, moving, you back to work, etc), trying to manage them, so that they don't affect her quite so much may help with it. Also, lots of physical activity, and toys that involve banging on things can help release her tension more positively, as well as lots of love and cuddles before bedtime help her unwind in a healthier way.

Hope this helps. :)

Trudye - posted on 11/12/2009

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My daughter did that, and I told her to stop all the time. Then my mother told me to just ignore it and she would eventually stop. Well i took my moms advice and it worked. It just took a few weeks but it did stop.

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