Holly Schiff, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist at Jewish Family Services in Greenwich, Connecticut, said that infants lick because they enjoy new sensory experiences. “Licking objects is a way for them to get sensory information about taste and texture,” she told POPSUGAR.
Mouthing objects is a normal part of sensory exploration of taste, touch, and smell. This behavior also helps develop oral motor skills for eating and language production. Children may put objects in their mouths because it provides comfort, is necessary sensory input, or is a way to explore an object.
Children enjoy new sensory experiences, so it’s not uncommon for your toddler to lick their hands, the furniture, or other random objects. This behavior may be because it is mimicking the family pet or trying to taste something new, but if it occurs repeatedly it may be caused by a nutrient deficiency.
Why is my toddler always licking things? In general, toddlers are at an age when they are more interested and aware of the world, and licking things is a way to understand them said Mona Amin, DO, pediatrician and mother.< /b>p>
A. Dear Mom, Babies who are around 24 months or younger often try to understand or experience their world through the use of sight, smell, touch, or taste. So little babies lick dirt as part of their development, which shouldn’t be a big concern, but yes, try to keep the floor as clean as possible.
Schiff also suggested distracting toddlers or offering chew toys or chewable, sour or minty snacks. “These can help your toddler fulfill their oral sensory seeking behaviors and provide powerful input to the proprioceptive receptors in the mouth, which is helpful in preventing licking behaviors,” she told POPSUGAR.
Signs and symptoms can vary from child to child, but here are a few to look out for: Refusing to wear certain clothing or fabrics because they itch, hurt, or just don’t feel right< . is clumsy or constantly bumping into walls or objects. Reacts strongly to loud noises and bright lights.
They often love to move and bump into things. Hypersensitive children avoid strong sensory stimulation and are easily overwhelmed. A change in the environment can trigger sensory difficulties in a child. For example, a child sitting quietly in a quiet car might be overwhelmed in a bright, crowded grocery store.
Why do babies put everything in their mouths? The old way of thinking about an infant’s everything-goes-in-the-mouth habit was that it was a key component of baby development — that babies learn the world through mouth movements, one beat at a time.
Infants (1-2 years)
“Children may chew or suck on things to calm their bodies when they are overstimulated or overwhelmed,” she explains. Some children use chewing to concentrate. Fingers, toys, collars, sleeves, rocks and tennis balls are among the objects she has seen in children’s mouths.
this is very common at this age baby and it’s normal… they explore the body parts and things around them…. so it’s their way of exploring – seeing, touching and tasting. .. so you shouldn’t worry too much… it’s just a development phase, a milestone… don’t be surprised if you see the toes in it…
Crawling in the dirt
We’ve heard of playing in the dirt – and maybe eating a bit too – but similarly it can be beneficial to babies on the floor too crawling around to develop their immune system – and in turn helpful in asthma prevention.
The answer is clear: They discover their body and their environment! Once they have control of their hands, discover their feet. This allows them to create a schema of your body parts, which is essential for your development and learning.
The link has been proven in hospitals, but in the rest of the world there is no definitive study proving that touching or licking a surface can actually cause illness.