Maiya is 3 in a month, and hasn't been putting things in her mouth since something like 12 months.
Within the last fews days to a week-ish, she is starting to CONSTANTLY put things in her mouth. Her fingers, hands, toys, books, dolls, necklace. I feel like I'm constantly telling her to get xyz out of her mouth. She understands as much about germs as a 35 month old can understand, and when I ask her why she is putting things in her mouth, she just tells me "Why I want to!"
She has told me her mouth hurts (NOT when I ask why she's putting things in her mouth, but randomly), and that she wants to see a dentist. In fact, we have a birthday party tomorrow, and she keeps telling me, "I want to go to the dentist first, then the birthday party." But, she's two, and has two friends who she recently witnessed hurt their mouths and knows they went to the dentist. So, I put about as much stock in that as I do in her saying "why I want to!"
Not surprisingly, she just came down with a cold yesterday.
Since this came on so suddenly, and was followed shortly by a cold, and she had a cold about a month ago (cold season, ya know...), I'm wondering if there may be a reason for it. Has anyone ever seen this as a symptom to something? I'm just totally guessing, but maybe could it be because she has a sore throat? Tooth ache? Cavity? Cold sores? Tonsilitis?
I have looked in her mouth and see NOTHING, but I'm no professinal. She is not teething and has all her baby teeth. Before she came down with her cold, she was acting fine. Even now with her cold, it seems mild, and other than being a little cranky and not eating quite as much as normal, she seems "fine". In your minds, if this continues, would it warrant a trip to the doctor or dentist? Or is it likely a phase?