My 15 month old recently started gagging himself. He shoves his entire hand into his throat. I've tried distracting him, telling him to stop, and even yelling,

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Andrea - posted on 04/20/2009

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I would love to know when he is doing it? eg dinner time / play time or while having a tanty. Because if its when he eats it could be that he has a sore throht. Or even he may have something stuck in there (I am not trying to make you worry). But before you just put it down to behavior i would get a doctor to check it out it prob is just attion seeking for you he has lernt that it get you to talk to him and/or give him attion but just to be safe get a doc to have a look.

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Kristy - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son has been doing the same thing for the past month and a half a least. We're trying all sorts of things as well. But I think ignoring him and for us not letting him get bored is one key thing.

Carmen - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter did this for awhile, but grew out of it. I wouldn't worry about it too much :o)

Jane - posted on 04/27/2009

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My little boy used to do this too, it is such a horrible noise and used to be really embarrassing when he did it when we were in the supermarket! lol I just used to ignore him and he soon stopped doing it. He was very clever and never actually made himself sick! Im sure as your son gets older he will go through more phases just as pleasant as this one, just like my little boy has! lol Wait til he starts the high pitched screaming, thats a nice one! lol

Michelle - posted on 04/26/2009

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hi my 15mth old boy was doing that even making himself throw up, he just stopped doing it , i think its for attensoin , dont worry he will soon stop

Christina - posted on 04/24/2009

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my 14 month old does that been doing it for a couple of weeks now. all i do is hold her hands down when she does it and tell her no don't do that she'll her herself..i figure eventually she will stop..she doesn't like her hands being restrained. hopefully this helps.

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when my girl was a baby around 10 months she didn't want to go to sleep in her crib so when i left the room she would stick her fingers down her throat and make this awful gagging choking sound , so i would come running back to her to see what happened.. i had to just ignore it and she gave it up cause it got no more response

Nicola - posted on 04/21/2009

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i have a two year old that went throught this stage not long ago i phesed it out by telling her stop it and then wen she doesnt just keep taking her hand and ignoring her as she was doing it for attention off u so if all else fail let him just do it thn wipe his face dnt say a word and ignore as they see it as getting attention off you hope this helped

Marti - posted on 04/20/2009

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I would ignore the behavior and replace what he is doing with a favorite toy or snack. My son uses a pacifier and that keeps his hands out of his mouth most of the time.

It's a hard habit to break with the fingers in their mouth. I've learned with my first child, yelling only makes the situation worse and scares them and they will keep doing it to push your buttons. So, either ignore ore replace the hand thing. Hope it helps in some way.

Esther - posted on 04/20/2009

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My son didn't do this, but he did go through a phase of hitting himself on the head. I have found that with this, and most other things, the more excited I get, the more he keeps repeating the behavior. So I try not to pay too much attention to it. I tell him no and that he shouldn't hurt himself, but I try to say it in a very calm, almost monotonous way.

Gena - posted on 04/20/2009

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I think that is a phase...my son did the same thing! I just told him that it was yucky and to stop and eventually he did. It did take a while though.

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