Recently, my son has started sticking his entire hand down his throat, gagging to the point of making himself sick. This is totally new to me. I understand that young children like to experiment, and most of the time it is sensory (hence why everything goes into the mouth!) But I have never come across this. I get really cross with him when he does it, take his hand out and try to redirect his behaviour. We do this 20 or 30 times a day at least. I am trying to remember that reinforcement helps and being consistent, but it doesn’t seem to stop! Worst part is he does it in the most inopportune places (as children do!) Any tips, ideas or experiences anyone else has?!! I am continuing on and figure it is a learning stage we have to go through, but this one has me stumped!
Posted by cenewell, 6th June 2013