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Old May 25th, 2012, 00:23 AM   1
Lynzeigh
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4 month old Baby won't play, just chews fingers constantly


I don't have any idea what to do about this, I have tried distraction which lasts for a little while, baby hates pacifiers and cannot yet hold a teething ring properly and drops it after a few seconds. I worry this is hindering his development as he is busy constantly munching on his fingers instead of playing.

I have tried mittens but he just chews them and soaks them and really I want my boy to have his hands free so he can grasp and move them and explore them.

Does anyone have any other ideas, I know this is normal for him to chew fingers at this age but I worry it is excessive and holding him back. Am I worrying too much.

I am having to put vaseline in the creases of his neck as the dribbling is making him sore there too and his little fingers are wrinkly where they are constantly in his mouth



 
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Old May 25th, 2012, 00:36 AM   2
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Sounds like he might be teething. Sophia was the same, then she got two teeth!! and now its much better. Honestly i wouldnt do anything to stop him, it wont be doing him any harm. Its completely normal and part of their development.



 
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Old May 25th, 2012, 00:40 AM   3
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My baby is almost 4 months and exactly the same, fingers in mouth all the time, I have a load of teething rings which she chews for a few seconds before dropping it. I have toys hung over her pram which she ignores!! She is dribbling all the time so her neck is a bit sore constantly with the sudocreme!
It's obviously the eArly stages of teething so it must be pretty normal, I doubt it's affecting their development in any way. I think it's just a stage all babies go through at some point.



 
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Old May 25th, 2012, 05:26 AM   4
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my 4 month is the same, sometimes toys will distract him momentarily, otherwise its fingers in the mouth (and anything else he happens to have in his hands lol.)
as for the dribbling, ive gone and got some of the tommee tippe (i think) bibs, they have a thick erm, cuff i suppose is the word designed to help with the dribbling x



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Old May 25th, 2012, 06:04 AM   5
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Hun he's 4 months... he doesn't need to 'play' in the sense of toys/games/other kids, chewing his hand is how he properly develops, it's about motor/sensory skills.

Chewing the hand at this age is the best game they have!!



 
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Old May 25th, 2012, 21:54 PM   6
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Thanks everyone for your replies, I guess I am over thinking things and worrying too much as a first time mummy lol. I feel a lot better knowing I am not alone in this and that it is normal and not something to be too concerned about thanks again and I will look for those bibs that you mention, they may help a bit with his neck xx



 
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Old May 26th, 2012, 00:30 AM   7
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My LO is exactly the same, she can now roll from one side of the room to the other still with her fingers in her mouth!

She would rather sit and watch me than play with toys unless the toy fits in her mouth that is.



 
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Old May 26th, 2012, 05:22 AM   8
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At least his hand is a cheap, portable toy and best of all - he's not going to drop it every 10 seconds and want you to pick it back up for him!



 
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Old May 26th, 2012, 05:25 AM   9
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Totally normal hun x



 
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Old May 26th, 2012, 09:43 AM   10
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My LO is constantly chewing her hands even when i´m trying to feed her she tries to stick them in her mouth. when my hand go near her mouth she makes a grab for them too!!
My LO also gets a sore neck when she´s sick alot. I clean it with water and cotton wool and dry it completely then use baby powder to make sure it is dry. I would do this every nappy change and it clears within the day. xx



 
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