Safety Of The Oral Phase In Infants 8 Months?
, my baby is 8 months old .. right now he is happy to put things in his mouth .. can toys or anything he finds he must put in his mouth .. is it dangerous or not my new baby hobby? and I’m worried if the object that comes in is not clean .. what should I do? and what diseases can be caused by unsanitary objects that enter his mouth? thank you
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Putting various objects into the mouth is a habit that is normal for babies. This condition is part of the oral phase of psychosexual development. Generally, this phase can last until the baby is 2 to 3 years old, then slowly goes away on its own.
Even though it's natural, that doesn't mean you can just ignore this action. If the object that the baby puts in his mouth is dirty, various diseases can be lurking, for example a digestive tract infection, it could be due to viruses, bacteria, or parasites. This condition often causes babies to experience diarrhea, colic, nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite. It could also be that this gastrointestinal infection causes the baby to experience fever, weakness, dehydration, and nutritional status disorders, so it must be treated directly by a doctor.
Not only that, putting objects in the mouth also has the potential to cause the baby to choke. This can happen, for example, to small objects that enter the respiratory tract. This condition can lead to pneumonia (inflammation of the lung parenchyma) to death if it causes complete obstruction of the airway.
We recommend that you treat this condition in the following ways:
Make sure there are no dangerous objects that can be swallowed within the reach of the baby Sterilize baby toys to keep it clean regularly Give the baby a teeter so that it is safe for him to bite or suck him Also give him regular meals and healthy snacks between meals so that they are not too hungry so they want to include whatever they find Diligently wash the baby's hands and shorten their nails Slowly, give the child the understanding to stop the habit. digestion, respiratory disorders, and so on, don't delay checking your baby directly to a doctor or pediatrician so that they are given the best treatment, ok?
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah