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Hand Eating 9 Week Old!

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VictoriaMc77 Fri 10-Jun-11 08:06:40


Am confused!! My 9 week old DS has started eating his hand. This can happen at any time, even just after a feed.

Do you think it means he's hungry or just doing it to amuse himself? He is EBF and I offer him boob if I see him doing it after a feed but he doesn't want it ...

I have asked 2 HVs about it and both said something different - one said definitely hungry and one said no, just playing with his hands etc ... hence confused!!

What do you think???? I am starting to worry I am not giving him enough milk...??


Tee2072 Fri 10-Jun-11 08:09:37

I think he's teething. Yes, at 9 weeks. It can happen.

I doubt he's hungry if he's rejecting a breast.

And it is also a development thing and part of discovering his world.

sweetuphoria Fri 10-Jun-11 08:31:47

I think he is teething too. They can be like this for months before a tooth comes through.

pettyprudence Fri 10-Jun-11 10:31:39

my ds does this too and having read penelope leach I think he is just exploring his hands - they start to discover them at 8 weeks and apparently the mouth is the best place to explore them hmm He seems to be enjoying himself though!

websticks Fri 10-Jun-11 12:44:03

Its very normal for babies to suck there hands, it could be teething or exploring their hands. As they get a little old they will put everything in their mouth it is a natural sign of development.
If he is sucking his hand and crying then i would like he was maybe hungry but if he is just sucking it then he is just entertaining himself and exploring it.

skybluepearl Fri 10-Jun-11 13:06:10

teething and discovered his hand maybe.

skybluepearl Fri 10-Jun-11 13:06:40

hes haivng as much milk as he needs i'm sure.

RitaMorgan Fri 10-Jun-11 13:08:35

Babies suck their hands - could be hunger, teething, exploring or just because he can.

If he wants more milk he'll let you know.

valentinemum10 Sun 12-Jun-11 03:01:19

all of the above cos my DD did the same at 10 weeks.

debka Sun 12-Jun-11 06:58:24

Just to be annoying- my DD would suck her hands when she was tired....

zippy30 Thu 16-Jun-11 11:05:51

Bit late replying to this thread, but I just wanted to say that my 11 week old is the same. He's been sucking on his hands for a couple of weeks now. It doesn't seem to bother him - in fact it seems to comfort him if he's trying to get off to sleep.

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