Why Does My Baby Suck The Upper Lip?
Good morning, my baby is a boy and at the moment he is 4 months and 1 week old. Since entering 4 months he sometimes suck the upper lip. Sometimes he suction the back of his hand until there is a red striped sign. Is this a sign he will teething? If yes, what should I prepare because this is the first child. Since 3 months he has been salivating.
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When babies are up to 2 years of age, sexual satisfaction is mainly located in the mouth area. Therefore, it is very natural if you observe a baby this age is very fond of mengemut, biting, and suck something in his mouth, be it fingers, lips, or other objects around him. The production of baby saliva also tends to be more than that of adults because of the mouth that often opens and the ability is still minimal to swallow his own saliva. This condition does not always indicate an abnormality.
Indeed, most babies will experience first teething at the age of 4 to 9 months. Usually, in addition to increased saliva production and frequent snaking of biting, or excessive tasting, teething in infants can also be observed from the reddish, swollen gums, sometimes even the hard mass of vaginal discharge which is the forerunner of his teeth. If it is true that your baby has this condition, it could indeed grow teeth that triggered his complaints.
No need to panic, try to help calm your baby in the following ways:
Feed your baby ASI, do not give food or other drinks too early without consulting a doctor
Give baby teether (bite toys) cleaned and sterilized periodically
Be diligent in bathing and washing baby's hands thoroughly
If the baby's gums look swollen or reddish, you can press and rub the gums using your fingers slowly (make sure your fingers are clean and wrap your fingers in sterile gauze)
Do not carelessly give babies drugs or supplements without a doctor's prescription
If the baby is fussy, calm him by hugging him, singing a lullaby, stroking his back, or patting his buttocks
However, if you find this complaint seems very annoying, or make your baby nervous, excessive fussing, difficulty sleeping, fever, nausea, vomiting, etc., do not hesitate to check your baby directly to the doctor or pediatrician to be handled properly according the condition is ...
I hope this helps.