My son is gagging himself when upset...

Becky - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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sticking his finger in his mouth until he vomits. Anyone else's baby do this?? He will be 1yr on Nov. 22 and this has just started in the past 2 weeks.

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Becky - posted on 11/20/2008

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Actually, we have stopped using the pacifier during the day about a month ago. He gets it ONLY at nighttime in his crib. I didn't want him using at when he started walking. He has had no problem without his pacifier in the day. The only time he gags himself is when he's been out walking around and playing, then I put him in the playpen so that I can leave the room for a minute. I think it might be that the first time he did it, it made a BIG mess so I took him right back out of the playpen so I could clean it. I think he is associating vomiting with me letting him out. He is also teething, and chewing on his fingers from time to time, and he will not have anything to do with teething rings or any of those textured toys that are meant for them to chew on. Whether he is doing it accidentally while he's soothing his teeth or if he's doing it on purpose, I'm not too sure.

Doshia - posted on 11/19/2008

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I'm just wondering, does he realize that nighttime is for sleeping, but laying him down in his crib during the daytime isn't the same thing (in his mind), so maybe that's why he's freaking out??? And I'm wondering, does he (or has he ever) using a pacifier? Maybe he's trying to put his hands in his mouth for comfort, but pushes it in too far?

Becky - posted on 11/19/2008

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I don't do a huge reaction, just tell him that 'that's not nice' while I clean him up. He only does it when he's tired and I put him in the playpen for a nap. He sleeps in the crib at night but naps in the playpen. He absolutely FREAKS out if I put him in the crib for a nap and walk away, but he's fine at night. wierd.

Heather - posted on 11/19/2008

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try putting lotion on his hands or something so it doesn't taste too good when he does it that might help a little but also you can't panic when he does do it, one of the main reasons why he is doing it is because he knows that you're going to react to it.

Danielle - posted on 11/19/2008

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my daughter did this from about 12 months to 14 months... often.

she still does it occasionally now, at 17 months... its gotten better.

more then likely he's frustrated because he cant tell you what he wants or needs. and he knows for sure that will get your attention.

it sucks, but he'll grow out of it.

i just tried not to make a huge deal out of it when she did it. calmly cleaned her up and went on about our buisness like nothing happened. if he see's a huge dramatic reaction he'll learn to do it again and again. just to get your attention.

good luck with your little puker!

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