Child Psychology and Behaviour

My 3 year old puts everything in her mouth


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Updated on Jul 15, 2013

I am sure I will not be the only parent with this issue. My daughter puts everything in her mouth.. The recent scare was she putting a matchstick. I have tried all possible ways to make her understand and try stop her from putting things in her mouth. Can somebody suggest better ways... Thanks.

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| Jul 18, 2013

It could be too dangerous for the child. my son (tht time he was2. 9yrs) he was quite facinated to touch the soap all the time. Once he got chance and he ate soap... forutnately I was at home n i saw him in few seconds, washed his mouth... n i immediately took him to doc. Such kind of incidence can occur.. if ur child underdstand... make him understand the concequences of this habbit... as suggested by shika. Tk care of little one.

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| Jul 16, 2013

Thanks Shikha, I have tried and I still do all that you have mentioned. I hope this habit goes off. This is turning out to be way too dangerous and risky. Am yet to figure out why she does put things in her mouth. I cannot trust and leave her alone even for two minutes.

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Shikha Batra

| Jul 16, 2013

Hi Meenakshi! I appreciate ur concerns regarding this issue as sometimes it could pose serious threat if child ingests something risky such as a matchstick. Till d time your child outgrows this problem it is advisable that please keep all such items out of her reach. Secondly you could be firm in ur approach n discourage ur child whenever she does this act of putting things in mouth. Giving same instruction every time mite work. Thirdly, u could show her images of unaligned teeth and other harmful results on Internet which u could share with her is a result of putting things in mouth. Thirdly, u cud sensitize all the adults at home to repeat same thing, that this is a bad habit n shd be done away with. Fourth, u can tell her stories in which child had to suffer because of putting harmful things in mouth. Last but not the least it is advisable please do not give up on ur child as far as this habit is concerned as it will go away one day with ur efforts and persistence. All the best!

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