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is it normal for babies to suck their feet?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: By 6 months baby has gained enough crude control of arms and legs to explore them by mouthing. Fingers (by 4-5 mo) and toes&feet (by 6months) are readily available teething objects. Any mouthing at this age is considered a simple self soothing or self play. As the child ages, their interest in tasteing objects(to program their brain) can be troublesome. Bugs on the floor are fair game.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Babies explore their environment through each of their 5 senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Since a young baby cannot see very far, she tries to put everything in her mouth to taste - even her feet!
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Babies: Yep ! As already well stated , feet are fair game ( as is lots of other 'stuff' ' , which is why we watch them like a hawk !)

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I saw something on tv about autism now being able to be detected in a baby so is this true?

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