Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What Is Up With This?

My girls have learned to do something that really bothers me. In fact, at their last appointment the doctor hadn't even heard of it. My children think it is funny to stick their fingers down their throat until they gag. And sometimes they have even thrown up.

Isn't this WEIRD? I mean, who likes to throw up? Jelly Bean is probably the worst and she started this strange behavior. Peanut just kind of thought it was funny and copied her actions. They stick their fingers in their throat and gag..gag...heee, hee, hee! The reaction their body has literally makes them happy. WEIRDOS!

I have noticed that many times it is after they have finished eating. It isn't like they are having trouble eating or are sick at all. I thought at first maybe they were sick, but they act perfectly normal with the exception of this bizarre behavior. And it definitely doesn't happen all the time. I notice it once in a while, but when I think we are past it, then somebody remembers this crazy stunt and down the throat the fingers go.

My reaction has been everything from panic, scolding, ignoring and now I am trying to be proactive and make sure it doesn't happen. I figure that by limiting their time in the high chair and making their meals quick, may eliminate the opportunity for them to remember that this is a fun, post meal activity. So far it seems to be working...

But really, who has had this problem? Are my babies just plain strange or what?

3 comments:

Helene said...

OMG!!! How wierd that I came to your blog tonight and saw this post!! Garrett has been doing this lately and it's really been bugging me. The more I tell him not to do it, the more he jams his fingers down his throat. He puked 3 times today doing this. He actually laughs every time I tell him to stop but he continues to do it. It doesn't seem to bother him at all.

I'm not sure what it means but I have to admit I'm a bit comforted knowing your girls are doing it as well. Maybe it's an attention-getting thing??

twinmama said...

Wow! I am sorry to hear that Garrett is doing it, but it is good to know that it may be normal.

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

My son does this occasionally. It is really strange. I'm glad to know he's not the only one. I pretty much ignore it. He's never thrown up...yet...