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How do I stop this baby from shoving his fist in his mouth?

I babysit a 4 month old. He has binkies, but he keeps knocking them out of his mouth and trying to shove his whole fist in. I don't think he's teething because I he's been doing this all along. I think he might be trying to get his thumb in his mouth. It's so bad that sometimes he gags himself and spits up. I have to swaddle him and bind his arms down to get him to go to sleep. Otherwise, he lays there making these gagging sounds and also soaks his whole arm with drool. I've taken care of a lot of kids, but don't remember ever dealing with this before.

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LilyofPhilly

Asked by LilyofPhilly at 3:39 PM on Feb. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • my daughter does that, she is 4 months. she doesn't spit up on a regular basis though. I roll up long sleeves so they don't get soaked and let her do what she does. I'll wipe her down often to keep her dry. She does the gagging thing, but she doesn't seem to be choking or anything. Other than that I just let her eat her hands, I don't mind. She will take a pacifier for naps though.
    julipickle

    Answer by julipickle at 3:49 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • I believe babies that are doing this are learning about their hands and mouth. This may help http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Development/Magic-Milestones/3 . My only request of all parents is please don't giggle or make it seem likes its funny when a child does this. While working at daycare, we had a little boy you thought sticking his fingers down his throat and spitting up (on purpose) was funny. Good Luck.
    tough_jewel

    Answer by tough_jewel at 5:02 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • My one girl sticks her hands in her mouth all the time - shes just over 3mo. She doesnt make herself spit up, but she does the same thing with drooling all over herself and pushing her binky out for her hands. I guess its semi-normal =) An annoying sound, but kinda cute i guess. lol
    KeikoRose

    Answer by KeikoRose at 10:39 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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