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

This weird stage is really common, and mostly developmental-- something that most babies will naturally outgrow. It's upsetting and gross, but not harmful. The baby won't actually choke or cause ...
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How to keep our infant's hands out of her mouth?

People haven't been aware of germs until only recently (what's a 100 years in the entire history of human race?). With all the medicine available to cure most common sicknesses you should encourage ...
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Why do babies suck their fist?

Infants discover the world largely by their mouth. They put virtually everything in mouth, and whatever they can't fit there, they suck or lick. Fists are convenient. They are always close, they are ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

Glass marbles are not poisonous, but: They are often painted, and the paints can have unwanted chemicals (such as lead). They can get lodged/stuck in digestive tract (less likely) or respiratory ...
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What can we do about our 9-month-old putting fingers down his throat?

One of my nephews used to do that, more because he loved the way everybody paid attention to him when he did it than because he thought it was fun to choke himself :( Distraction was the key to ...
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What are the guidlines for 6-month-olds sucking toys?

Babies usually explore the world with their eyes first, then their mouths. Depriving them of this highly motivated behavior seems unwise at best and possibly harmful, though the latter is strictly my ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

As long as they are ordinary glass marbles they are not poisonous, though as Erik mentions they are choking hazards so it's worth teaching your son not to leave them around - or perhaps supervising ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

Marbles are not poisonous (anything that's made for kids to play with is generally required to be made of safe material) but marbles are a choking hazard, so I would strongly suggest you make sure ...
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How high should I put bathroom stuff dangerous to young children (cleaning agents, razors etc.)?

To directly answer your question, here are some statistics. This childproofing checklist seems about right to me in terms of age. 3-5yo are old enough to usually not swallow things inappropriately, ...
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Should we gently take away thing from a baby's hands before she can eat them?

I would suggest that this is dependent on the item your child is trying to "eat" My daughter is also of an age where everything goes into her mouth, but this is partly a child's way of exploring and ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

The choking hazard is very, very serious. If your older son with the marbles can't alter his behavior and not leave marbles about, you need to take them away from him until the baby is old enough to ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

It's not ok. She could choke. Take away all the marbles until the baby is old enough not to eat them. And for that matter, hunt for other things that could be dangerous, like small lego pieces, and ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

No, it is not okay for your child to eat marbles because yes, they can be harmful to her health. Assuming the marbles are made of glass, they are, by nature, nontoxic. However, if they are painted or ...
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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?

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 ...
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Does biting mean teething?

According to this article from healthychildren.org (an American Academy of Pediatricians site): Around 3 months of age, babies will begin exploring the world with their mouth and have increased ...
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How to prevent 4 year old from putting things in mouth

At four, not only is a child capable of saying they have a toothache, but they are also able to understand your concerns. I could provide some behaviour techniques, if that is what you want, but first ...
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Excessive drooling for a 4 year old

Maybe not related, but our kid was heavy drooler around 1-2 years old. They told us if this continued we should start doing exercises like: making your kid drink through a straw (teaches the kid to ...
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What are the guidlines for 6-month-olds sucking toys?

Babies often bite on everything within reach. Toys are usually within reach, it's kind of part of the definition of being a toy. Baby toys are safe to suck on because that's what they are being used ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

You can get bitter-tasting stuff that is intended for putting on nails to stop nail biting. You could put some on the marbles. After she has tried one or two she will probably stop.
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

Personally, I'd advice you to discourage this habit when it starts. It's normal for infants to put hands in their mouth, complete natural behaviour. But in long run, this can become a problem when you ...
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