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Hi

MY kid of 4 months old is keeping his fingers in mouth very frequently. Even immediately after feeding.

Is there any specific reason that kids keep fingers in mouth.  

Please give any suggestions to stop that habit.

Thanks
bachu

Answer
Hi, bachu,

Why would you want to stop something that kids have been doing ever since kids existed?  They put their fingers in their mouths because it is soothing and helps with gum pain for teething.  It is comforting.  It is not bad in any way.  

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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