8 mo pinching and scratching - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 19 Old 03-15-2010, 11:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
lisalu100's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ugh! This drives me insane. All the time. DD is nearly 8 months, and is always reaching up to dig her fingernails as hard as she can into my face. I trim her nails all the time to minimize the discomfort It's mainly a problem when we are nursing or trying to get to sleep, and if I give her something else to hold, she wants to play with that. No more nursing or sleeping. It's hard to get her to nurse during the day, so I can't pull her off every time she does it. Nor when I'm trying to get her to sleep! She pinches my arm and breast too

Is it normal?

Any ideas to make her stop?
lisalu100 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 19 Old 03-15-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Astraia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My daughter started doign this too at around the same age. I would take her hand away and tell her "gentle" and show her to pat gently. As it kept up we'd progress to, "don't pinch, pinching hurts mommy, be gentle" and when that didn't work we'd end the nursing session or I'd move away from her or put her down so she couldn't keep it up. I know she was too young to understand the concept but I figured she could pick up on tone if nothing else. We'd end it when I started getting angry. Still, for months I was covered in scratches and bruises. She eventually stopped and just moved to stroking (which is still kind of annoying, but at least it doesn't hurt!) I think it was her way of stubbornly avoiding naps.

Grace - wife to Jeff and mama to Nigella (11/08) and Orrin (01/10)- expecting a new addition (05/12)! Life is a whirlwind, but I'm learning to enjoy the ride!

Astraia is offline  
#3 of 19 Old 03-15-2010, 11:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
lisalu100's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Avoiding naps? Huh, you may have something there..
lisalu100 is offline  
#4 of 19 Old 03-15-2010, 11:47 PM
 
newmomroxi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DS does this too, ALL the time. If you're holding him and he has a free hand, he is grabbing and scratching.

No clue on how to make him stop so I'm interested in hearing any suggestions.

reading.gifwife to superhero.gifDH, mom to bouncy.gifDS (9/24/09) and heartbeat.gifDS (EDD: 4/24/11)
newmomroxi is offline  
#5 of 19 Old 03-16-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Novus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
My 10-month-old does this too, mostly while nursing. I keep moving his hand away and just recently, he's starting to play with my fingers or give me high fives instead of pinching and pulling at my face/sides, so we're taking a step in the right direction! Sometimes he likes playing with zippers or buttons or strings on my shirt, so if I'm wearing an "interesting" shirt, he'll usually fuss with those instead of my face.

Loving life with DH DS1 (5/7/09) and DS2 (7/23/11)
Novus is offline  
#6 of 19 Old 03-16-2010, 01:08 AM
 
curious&eager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Gwinnett, GA
Posts: 534
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've made it into a game. I call it "Chicken Fingers." I constantly try to nibble on his little fingers. The more I hold them in my mouth the less I get poked and scratched. When he's not eating I still pretend to eat his fingers and he laughs hysterically.
curious&eager is offline  
#7 of 19 Old 03-16-2010, 12:53 PM
 
AndtheStars's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Penn's Wood
Posts: 634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have this same problem and it makes me so angry in the middle of the night. I'm thinking of moving DS to his crib because I just can't handle it anymore. It's been going on for months and I've tried every distraction trick in the book but he insists on grabbing my face and digging in. If I do get him distracted from scratching/pinching for a little while nursing, he bites I know that he doesn't mean to hurt me but there's only so much abuse a mama can take! I'm glad to hear that this is a common problem and will stop someday?

Maria blahblah.gif, wife to A malesling.GIF, mama to DS M 8/09 2whistle.gif and DS L 6/12 biggrinbounce.gif

 

Everything will be ok in the end.  If it's not ok, then it's not the end - Paolo Coelho  

AndtheStars is online now  
#8 of 19 Old 03-16-2010, 12:57 PM
 
maptome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 475
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Was about to post the same thing. It is not fun to get your eyeball scratched in the middle of the night. It's starting to take an emotional toll on me. DH has to tell me that "baby is not mean," and then I feel better. She can't help it. It's probably out of love.
maptome is offline  
#9 of 19 Old 03-16-2010, 01:03 PM
 
ErinYay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ft. Wayne, IN
Posts: 678
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My baby is a huge "noodler," as we call it. I think the kneading of the hands is a self-soothing behavior. Currently she doesn't knead me as she nurses, but when we're cuddling she'll try to burrow into our skin with those little tallons- that's when I stick her taggie blankie in her hand, or give her Peach Puppy (this incredible, super squishy soft puppy doll) and that makes her very happy, and saves our skin.

Doctors aren't out to kill you or your children. Childbirth isn't inherently safe. Science is actually smarter than your intuition. Lighten up. Use sunscreen.

ErinYay is offline  
#10 of 19 Old 03-16-2010, 11:35 PM
 
katiecornflakes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DS does this too! Drives me nuts. I try say "gentle touching" and stroke with his hand instead but so far, no dice. Good to know there are others in the same boat! I figure he'll grow out of it eventually. I just hope no one thinks I've gotten an abusive kitten in the meantime!

Kate ~~ Mama to my adorable boy A (7/09) bikenew.gifand funny girl G (4/11) diaper.gif

Cautiously expecting #3 in November!

****5*joy.gif**10****15****20****25****30****35****40

 

We are a happy treehugger.gifwinner.jpg asl.giffemalesling.GIFcd.gif family!

katiecornflakes is offline  
#11 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 02:02 AM
 
Icehockey18's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Novus View Post
My 10-month-old does this too, mostly while nursing. I keep moving his hand away and just recently, he's starting to play with my fingers or give me high fives instead of pinching and pulling at my face/sides, so we're taking a step in the right direction! Sometimes he likes playing with zippers or buttons or strings on my shirt, so if I'm wearing an "interesting" shirt, he'll usually fuss with those instead of my face.
This. Giving ds my finger really helps. But my lip has taken a beating! It's not good when you taste blood... I agree with a PP, it's a comfort thing. Our babes love us so much they have to leave their mark, in the form of scratches and bruises!

Mother to C 6/5/09 and wife to wonderful hubby!
Icehockey18 is offline  
#12 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 02:52 AM
 
FiveLittleMonkeys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Paradise
Posts: 365
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DS (9 mo) does this too, and I start with "Mama likes gentle touches" while "helping" him stroke me. If that doesn't work, I simply hold his hand. If he gets mad about that, I end the feeding, or put him down with some toys to play with. He rarely gets mad about me holding his hand, so for now, that is working.

I agree, it's very frustrating, and it makes me angry too. No matter how often I trim his nails, it hurts! And those little hands are STRONG when they pinch! He does it most often when he's nursing and tired.
FiveLittleMonkeys is offline  
#13 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 03:34 AM
 
TXmom2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The Lone Star State..DFW area
Posts: 362
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 8 mo. old does it as well.
She's either pinching or kneading my side or breast or she's digging at my face. What works best for us is to hold her hand or to always make sure I have a blanket handy when she's nursing. The blanket goes in her hand and she will usually knead it instead

DS-(1996), DSD-(2001), and our miracle baby girl-(7/7/09) and Always remembering my 3 brokenheart.gif angel babies
and cautiously due May 12, 2011!
TXmom2 is offline  
#14 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 11:09 AM
 
j_p_i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,056
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 9.5 mo does this too! She either scratches/pinches my chest or she pinches the underside of my arm with her other hand - which is the worst! I try to give her something else to hold onto, like my hand or a button on my shirt. If she keeps pinching me I tell her "gentle, please" and then "that hurts mama, be gentle" and I stroke her hand gently so hopefully she begins to understand what "gentle" means!

~Erin~ totally in with Olivia! 5/31/09
j_p_i is offline  
#15 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 05:49 PM
 
CourtBChase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Metrowest, MA
Posts: 398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My eight month old does this too! It is seriously maddening. I think it is really interesting how many babies on this thread are in the 6-9 month age range. It must be a developmental thing. My DH and I wondered if it had anything to do with her developing pincer grip. It is like she is absent-mindedly practicing on my boobs. Ouch!
CourtBChase is offline  
#16 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 09:18 PM
 
1stBabyAt39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 110
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 8-month-old does this too! When nursing, she either tries to scratch my face or pinch the skin on the underside of my arm. Ouch!! I usually try to give her something else to grab, like a blanket.

She also likes to hit / grab people in the face when they're holding her. I know she doesn't know any better & is just trying to play, but I definitely don't want her to keep doing it. Hope she grows out of it soon. Must be that age I guess!

"The decision to have a child is momentous because it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.''
1stBabyAt39 is offline  
#17 of 19 Old 03-17-2010, 09:29 PM
 
fraggleface's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Studio City, CA
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My guy doesn't really do this, but I mostly nurse him in the Ergo. I nurse him to sleep in the Ergo, then either hold him or lay him down. His arms are down under the straps and he plays with the end of the velcro that hangs down by his hands. He is too wiggly to just hold or lie down with. I also have an almost three year old, so if he gets hungry or tired when I need to finish doing something, I can pop him in and he can nurse while I finish what I'm doing. Maybe doing this would help some of you (if you don't do it already!).
fraggleface is offline  
#18 of 19 Old 03-21-2010, 11:05 PM
 
agoldenlife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great advice as my 9mo daughter does the same. She's either pinching or kneading along my arm or breast while I am nursing her. But once in awhile she will go for my face.

~ ~
agoldenlife is offline  
#19 of 19 Old 03-22-2010, 02:46 AM
 
Xavismom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Utah
Posts: 589
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 4 month old does this. My chest looks like its been attacked by a wolverine. One of them yesterday was actually bleeding. I have no idea how to get him to stop, he is so little still. Saying no, or using a 'tone' with him just makes him laugh.

Mama to Xavian, born 11-24-09
Xavismom is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off