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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 12:07 PM   1
JayeD
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Sucking his fist and tummy time


I'm not sure what to do to stop this. I'm wondering if any of you have any ideas.

LO is teething pretty bad. He's been sucking his thumb or his fist a lot lately, but that's no big deal. I just put a pair of scratch mitts on and he sucks on that instead. But when it comes to tummy time, I can't leave the mitts on otherwise he can't build up his upper body strength properly.

When he's doing tummy time now, he just lies there sucking on his fists until he's tired of that and starts screaming. He never used to do this. He used to love tummy time. A few weeks ago before he started this, he would prop his legs up like he was going to start crawling. He did move backwards an inch or so, but he also spun himself around the mat so he was looking in a different direction.

I've tried lying there with him, encouraging him with toys and praise. I've tried pulling his fist out of his mouth and repositioning his arms, but he just cries a lot sooner than if I let him just lie there sucking on his fist.



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 12:13 PM   2
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Maybe his teeth are sore hun? I've no advice as such.. Maybe keep putting him down just so he knows he's on his tummy but not for as long? and build it up again? maybe he's fustrated because he wants to go but cant iykwim? my lo hated tummy time from about 5months til 6.5 months.. then he got so angry he kicked him self off the bottom of sofa.. realised it moved him and startd moving every since.. looks like he's swimming lol he rarely crawls on hands and knees.. kinda swims along floor so he can grab stuff and move lol



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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 12:21 PM   3
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LOL... yea LO did that too. He looked like he was swimming or some days he looked like a seal (on his tummy but feet and hands were up in the air).

The moment I put him down, he starts sucking on his fist, so I don't think that he's frustrated that he's not going anywhere. I could be wrong. I can't see inside his head. hehe. When he had his shots on Wednesday, the very first thing the dr said (before she even said hello) was "Wow! He's teething pretty bad!" Every now and then I feel a small little bump on the bottom front gums, and he does have a molar trying to poke through on both sides of his mouth.

I don't want to resort to giving him baby Tylenol or oragel to help with the pain before putting him back on his tummy. He may get used to it.



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 12:26 PM   4
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might sound obvious but can you not put some teething gel to sooth his gums? or give his something to chew on, like a teething ring



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 12:32 PM   5
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Even using a teething ring won't stop him from sucking his fists the moment he's on his tummy. I could use a teething gel before putting him down, but I don't want him to get used to the gel being put on every time he does tummy time. We put him on his tummy a few times a day. It says on the teething gel pkg that you shouldn't do it too often or put on too much because baby could overdose, and we certainly don't want that! I don't even think that by putting gel on his gums would stop him from sucking on his fist, since he still sucks his thumb after we put gel on and he's sitting upright.



 
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