How To Deal With Children Aged 2 Years Who Often Mengemut Finger?

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Tonight .. r nMy first child 2y5m from the age of 2 months until now has a habit of finger picking .. Even now I am confused about where … From the beginning I often prevented him from doing that especially at the age of 1 year because I started playing outside . In fact, I have tried to relate so I can’t give up but it doesn’t work … 3x I accidentally enter my mouth and I’m already accustomed … r nMy second child, 5m10d, from 3 months of age does the same thing. Even though I often grabbed his hands … Because now I’ve started to learn to hold (maybe 5 months already can hold a toy) so I put my fingers to my mouth more often … I’m afraid like his brother … Sleeping is easy and doesn’t need to be nenen because there are fingers already but right sorry later the BB won’t go up … Please advise

1 Answer:

Hi Rani,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Due to part of the phase of psychosexual development, most babies do feel more comfortable when inserting or sucking something in their mouths, including the fingers (oral phase). Usually, over time, this habit will decrease as he approaches 2 years of age, or even more. If done properly, this condition is actually not dangerous. However, it can occur continuously until an adult, then this condition can affect the development of teeth, gums, and jaws. Even if a finger is smoked by a baby in dirty conditions, your baby will be more susceptible to gastrointestinal infections, which can make him experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. Not only that, the habit of children finger sticking also makes others around them feel disturbed because it is not a matter that is considered public. This condition also makes the baby feel a false sensation of fullness, so he will become more difficult to eat, and indirectly, can impact on growth inhibition.

As mentioned above, in infants (like your second child), finger tapping can be natural, so you don't need to stop forcefully. But it's different with older children (like your first child). Try to do the following steps:

Give your child an understanding of the dangers of his actions (adjust to the way they are delivered) Ask carefully to the child to stop the habit Give children respect when successfully stopping their habits, for example by being given their favorite foods Divert the child's desire to pinch fingers, i.e. by busying him with a variety of activities, such as playing, joking diligently washing children's hands Feed the child to eat regularly, also interspersed with healthy snacks between meals Avoid using pacifiers or pacifiers When a child cries, calm him by hugging him, singing humming that can make him comfortable If the steps above have not been successful, do not hesitate to check your child directly to the doctor or a pediatrician.

I hope this helps.

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