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is this normal?? *long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13

so my son is 9 months, im not sure if he qualifies as an infant or toddler now so im just posting this in the toddler section. lol anyways, is it normal for my 9 month old son to try to eat feet?? i cant tell if he is curious or playing a game, but he walks over to my feet falls down and tries to chew on them, i tell him no and he will still try, ive never met a kid that has done this before, im just wondering if its normal. lol. i hope this doesnt sound too weird.. but yeah. im curious about it..

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
8th Feb '13

My daughter does this too! I tell her "No ma'am feet are yucky". She also tries to eat the soles of shoes and rips shreds of fabric off of blankets with her little teeth. I don't know what to do about it. But she will sneak up on you for sure and try to bite your toes off.

*long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Jennasmommy:):" My daughter does this too! I tell her "No ma'am feet are yucky". She also tries to eat the soles of shoes ... [snip!] ... with her little teeth. I don't know what to do about it. But she will sneak up on you for sure and try to bite your toes off. "


i tell my son no thank you thats icky! he just looks at me and laughs!!! and he does the same thing to the soles of shoes!!!!!!! goodness! ive tried getting him to play with his own feet, and tried putting his attention else where but it never works! he always comes back and tries again!

JustMe&MyThree 3 kids; Chicago, Illinois 518 posts
8th Feb '13

That is adorable. But yeah try to make him stop. Feet are really dirty and you wouldn't want the LO with an infection in their mouth. Super painful for them.

*long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Brendan&Bethany'sMom:" That is adorable. But yeah try to make him stop. Feet are really dirty and you wouldn't want the LO with an infection in their mouth. Super painful for them. "


i do try, he just seems amazed with my feet, i dont understand it!! i dont want him to make it a habit :-( feet are disgusting, i just dont know what to do to make him lose interest in it!

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
8th Feb '13

I know right! She doesn't just do it to me, its EVERYONE. Anyone that comes to my house has to be warned and we have to hide shoes from her since shes walking!

*long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Jennasmommy:):" I know right! She doesn't just do it to me, its EVERYONE. Anyone that comes to my house has to be warned and we have to hide shoes from her since shes walking! "


the weird part is he will ONLY do it to me!! but i do have the same issues with the shoes!! my LO is walking everywhere too! so we have to hide them or he will sneak over and start chewing on them! its sooooooo gross!!!! i dont know what to do anymore to get him to stop! you never know where someones feet or shoes have been! definatley dont need our LOs eatin on them!!

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting *long lost star*:" the weird part is he will ONLY do it to me!! but i do have the same issues with the shoes!! my LO is ... [snip!] ... anymore to get him to stop! you never know where someones feet or shoes have been! definatley dont need our LOs eatin on them!!"


I am so tempted to call her pedi because I really don't want her to get infections. I try to do everything I can to stop her from doing it. I don't know either. When I find out I will be sure to give you the heads up girl!

*long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Jennasmommy:):" I am so tempted to call her pedi because I really don't want her to get infections. I try to do everything ... [snip!] ... everything I can to stop her from doing it. I don't know either. When I find out I will be sure to give you the heads up girl! "


very awesome! i asked my sons doctor today but she didnt know what i could do about it! she said she has never been asked about that before!!! :-/ but that would be wayyy awesome if you could!! i would LOVE to get that habit kicked before it becomes a bigger problem!!

JustMe&MyThree 3 kids; Chicago, Illinois 518 posts
8th Feb '13

I don't think there's anything you guys can do except to constantly correct the behavior and let them no it's a "no no". The doctor can't do anything about that and there's nothing abnormal about a child exploring with their mouths. Just keep shoes away from their reach, like in a closet or something. And if they do it to you or others stop them immediately and don't laugh because they'll think its funny

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
8th Feb '13

I am just surprised someone else is having this issue too! I was actually going to post about it too! But I will call her pedi in the morning and ask the nurse. Their open on Saturdays (which is so awesome).

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Brendan&Bethany'sMom:" I don't think there's anything you guys can do except to constantly correct the behavior and let them ... [snip!] ... a closet or something. And if they do it to you or others stop them immediately and don't laugh because they'll think its funny"


My daughters Pedi is amazing. She has the best advice about things. I'm sure she will tell me how to go about fixing it other than saying no because it doesn't matter how many times I say it. I could say it until I am blue in the face and it wouldn't change a thing. At their ages, "no" doesn't mean that much to them. They understand some what but other than that it doesn't really click.

*long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Brendan&Bethany'sMom:" I don't think there's anything you guys can do except to constantly correct the behavior and let them ... [snip!] ... a closet or something. And if they do it to you or others stop them immediately and don't laugh because they'll think its funny"


yeah im not gonna stop telling him not to do so, and i neverrr laugh about it! its sooooo gross! i hate feet as it is! he definatly needs to keep things like that away from his mouth! i just hope he learns soon! he has been doing this for awhile! :-/

*long lost star* 1 child; Washington 549 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Jennasmommy:):" I am just surprised someone else is having this issue too! I was actually going to post about it too! ... [snip!] ... to post about it too! But I will call her pedi in the morning and ask the nurse. Their open on Saturdays (which is so awesome)."


i know right!! i thought i was the only one going through this!! and its sooo weird!! its been making me curious so i thought id ask! lol and oh yes! i so know what you mean there! no matter how many times i say no, and thats icky he still wants to explore! i have no problem with him exploring and getting to know new things, id just like him to know eating feet/shoes is icky! lol he has been doing this since he was able to crawl at 5 months!! :-/ its been going on too long! and it seems to be getting more common with him the last 2 months since he learned how to walk :-/

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting *long lost star*:" i know right!! i thought i was the only one going through this!! and its sooo weird!! its been making ... [snip!] ... its been going on too long! and it seems to be getting more common with him the last 2 months since he learned how to walk :-


They have been doing this about the same amount of time! I just don't know what else to do about it anymore. I am so worried all the time about her health because of all of the feet and shoes she tries to sneak in her mouth. I mean I take one or two showers a day (habit) but still, her daddy works all day and she will sneak up on him and bite and lick his feet. Its kind of repulsing to see actually. Lol