My little boy (19 months old) has been home for five weeks and things are generally going really well. However, one thing that I'm really struggling with is that he sucks two fingers to comfort himself (he's never had a dummy) but occasionally he pushes his fingers too far back and gags on them. Once he made himself vomit.
His FC warned me that he had done this in the past and she would remove his fingers from his mouth and tell him to stop. I've tried doing that a couple of times but he just giggles or shouts at me (depending on mood) and does it again. I asked the HV what the best thing to do is and she said distraction (which was my natural instinct). The HV said it's v common and not to worry - it just seems that I'm finding that advice rather difficult to follow.
During the day it's not really a problem as it happens very rarely and I can easily refocus him something else but night times are different. He hadn't done it for a couple of weeks but last night he kept on doing it. I'm going in every time he cries but I'm not sure what to do when he gags - I have been going in to check he's okay but not addressed it. It's hard not to do anything though when I see him going bright red in the face.... On general parenting discussions the advice seems to be to ignore as it's seen as an attention seeking behaviour but that doesn't feel right with a newly placed baby. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated - after spending from 2-4 going in and out of his bedroom last night I feel that I'm definitely not getting this right!
Advice needed - LO making himself retch
dimples76 · 23/01/2015 13:30
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