Questions tagged [mouthing]

Mouthing refers to children putting objects (including hands, toes, etc.) in their mouth as a means of exploring their environment, self-soothing, or coping with teething.

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What can we do about our 9-month-old putting fingers down his throat?

For the past 6 weeks or so, our 9-month-old son has been in the habit of sticking a finger far into his mouth; to the point where he coughs; and sometimes throws up as a result. If we are next to him ...
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How high should I put bathroom stuff dangerous to young children (cleaning agents, razors etc.)?

We have a very small bathroom. Currently cleaning agents stand on the floor and we have a little bath cart for razors, cosmetics, sanitary napkins and so on. Both cannot stay that way because our ...
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Does biting mean teething?

My 3 month old son recently started biting on toys and our fingers. Is this a sign that he has started teething and needs the pressure on his gums to sooth the pain from teething, or can this also be ...
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Should we gently take away thing from a baby's hands before she can eat them?

My almost 1-year-old baby grabs whatever she can from the ground and tries to eat it. Should we take it gently from her and tell her "No"? Should we "hit" it out of her hand with a finger, I am ...
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Excessive drooling for a 4 year old [closed]

I have a 4 year old who has been excessively drooling. It has caused some issues with a rash around his mouth, mostly after a heavy night of sleep and in the morning. We have seen a doctor to see if ...
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What are the guidlines for 6-month-olds sucking toys?

What is the guideline to be followed on allowing 6-month-old babies to suck toys? Obviously the cheap plastic ones are a strict no no. Is there any specific materials that have been proven safe? Are ...
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How to prevent 4 year old from putting things in mouth

Having two children at ages 4 and 6, we believed we were in the clear for worrying about choking from putting non-edible things in mouths. Of course, things are never that easy and our 4 year old has ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

Sometimes my son leaves marbles around and my baby eats them. We already found 3 in her poo. Is this poison or is this ok?
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Why do babies suck their fist?

My daughter is almost four months old. Few weeks ago she discovered and started having a lot of fun with her little hands: she keeps putting them in her mouth, she loves playing with the toys, etc. ...
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How to keep our infant's hands out of her mouth?

My daughter is 8 months old. She puts her hand in her mouth a lot. Afraid of germs, my wife is trying to avoid this by removing her hands from her mouth. 2 minutes later she puts it again in her mouth!...
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My daughter (2 1/2 years old) started to put her hand in her mouth about a month ago. How do I try to wean her from this behavior?

Starting about a month ago (2 years and a few months old), she is constantly putting her finger or fingers in her mouth. She is not teething. I'm not sure why she's doing it. Trying to discipline her ...
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How can I get my 3.5-year-old to stop sucking his fingers?

My 3.5-year-old son recently started sucking his fingers and sometimes his clothing. When I point it out to him he takes his fingers out of his mouth, but they are soon back in. I can't think of ...
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Should I stop my 2-month-old from sucking his thumb?

My 2-month-old has recently discovered his thumb. He used to often suck his hands, normal baby behavior, and occasionally would "find" his thumb and happily suck for a while - usually when he was ...
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When should a small child get out of the oral fascination?

Our boy is a few months away from his 4th birthday... but he still puts darn near everything in his mouth. We are constantly talking to him about what should and should not go in his mouth, only food ...
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

My little girl about 3 months old and she already mouths quite frequently on her hands. Should we try to discourage this behavior now (by pulling her hand away when we find her doing it), or wait ...