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After nursing, my 2.5 month old sucks his fingers and occasionally gags himself. Why could this be?

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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Suck/gag reflexes

All newborns have a sucking and a gagging reflex.
They have the need to suck to soothe themselves and of course to feed, and the gag reflex to protect them against aspiration.

In brief: Suck/gag reflexes

All newborns have a sucking and a gagging reflex.
They have the need to suck to soothe themselves and of course to feed, and the gag reflex to protect them against aspiration.
Dr. Stefania Lima
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Dr. Paul Christakis
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not to worry!

There's a fancy medical term for everything, and this one is "non nutritive sucking!" certainly a primitive survival reflex, as is the gag reflex.
Because of your infant's age and relatively immature central nervous system, it is not surprising that he occasionally gags himself. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

In brief: Not to worry!

There's a fancy medical term for everything, and this one is "non nutritive sucking!" certainly a primitive survival reflex, as is the gag reflex.
Because of your infant's age and relatively immature central nervous system, it is not surprising that he occasionally gags himself. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
Dr. Paul Christakis
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: A young baby habit

Babies often like to suck on fingers, nipples, or pacifiers for comfort.
A baby doesn't know that a finger will go too far down and gag him. With time, he will figure that out and stop gagging himself. If he is doing too much gagging, using a shirt with a sleeve end that covers the hands may help, until he's a little older. Parents can discuss this with the doctor at the baby's 3-month check-up.

In brief: A young baby habit

Babies often like to suck on fingers, nipples, or pacifiers for comfort.
A baby doesn't know that a finger will go too far down and gag him. With time, he will figure that out and stop gagging himself. If he is doing too much gagging, using a shirt with a sleeve end that covers the hands may help, until he's a little older. Parents can discuss this with the doctor at the baby's 3-month check-up.
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