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This is typical infant behavior. Keep in mind infants typically don't know what their hands are doing, that they can control them, or that they are even part of their own body. (My 5 month old son still wakes himself in the night, by whacking himself in the face -- he thinks someone else is doing it! I have to tightly wrap him in a blanket, to jeep his ...


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Sucking his thumb at this age is appropriate. The next stage will be putting most things in his mouth. Encourage your little one to explore his world through his mouth. There are more receptors and development there than the rest of his body at this age. Give him lots of appropriate toys & teethers to chew on too, especially when he can hold them. Sounds ...


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Do: I'd let her do it at least until she can deliberately grab other objects to suck on instead. The only thing you should check is that the skin of the hands don't get irritated from being moist all the time, and keep the nails short (though infant nails usually don't need to be clipped because they're so soft in the first place). If moist hand skin becomes ...


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I am a speech therapist and I have several children who exhibit mouthing behaviors. For some children, it appears that their sensory systems NEED more input and the mouth is rich in sensory receptors. There may even be a connection in his need for speech services and his mouthing behavior. Some children have speech problems because they do not have good ...


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Far from preventing him, you should be encouraging him if possible. This is great way for babies to comfort themselves - now that your son has found his thumb, he shouldn't need dummies/pacifiers any more. He's getting self-sufficient :-)


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Could he be teething? In that case he might find the pacifier too soft, and he's looking for something with more chewable resistance. Try offering him teething toys (put them in the fridge first for added effect) and see if he likes them more than the pacifier. If he's not teething, it might be that he has discovered/decided that he dislikes that ...


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You might consider consulting with a speech therapist. They deal with all sorts of sensory issues with the mouth, not just speech. Other than that, my only thought is that kids that age have a hard time just being told no. If I tell my 4 year-old to stop something, he just stands there not knowing what to do. You have to provide them an alternate ...


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As he is only 2-months, there is nothing wrong with him sucking his thumb, its only natural. As he grows older, he will gradually forgo this habit. But at the moment, he is a baby!


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She's not quite three and still exploring her environment; this is part of that. If it really bothers you, you can gently remove her hand when you catch her with her hand in her mouth, but I wouldn't fret too much. Most kids won't continue this for very long (for example, my nearly 3-yr-old son just got out of this stage about 3-4 weeks ago). If it ...


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Some kids refuse pacifiers and at the same want the comfort from sucking. In those cases you probably can't do much, and have to deal with it when the child is older. Thumbsucking is a problem to quit, as you can't hide the thumb. But it is possible, and I think there is a thread on this as well.


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It's probably just due to habit. Your child may have more difficulty of getting rid of habits, and the putting things in his mouth is probably not deliberate, just a habit, like the way someone would tattoo on the table, or a special way of sitting, etc. Try to help him out of this habit by developing another habit, and that is to keep his hands at his side ...


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I know this is an outside chance, but any chance this could be to do with his eating patterns? Maybe he's getting hungrier at different times of the day to the rest of the family. Does your childcare provide healthy snack times between meals? Does he eat properly at meal times and does he eat well during breakfast?


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I agree with the comment that the behavior is typical. I have a 4 month old who eats her hand. I will say...it helps her immensely with her teething. I can see her rubbing her gums because her little teeth are starting to push through. If its not her hand its going to town on some toy (I dont think the pacifier provides enough resistance so she's weening ...



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