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Hi there. Was hoping you could give me some advice. I have 19 month old twins, boy and girl. Recently this past week I have noticed my daughter sucking her bottom lip constantly even while sleeping. I have not actually seen her making the sucking action/

Lip Sucking

Jane ...
Answer: Hi, Lots of kids develop self soothing behaviours which comfort them when going off to sleep and during their sleep. Perhaps this is just one of those. If she's teething then perhaps this is related or if she's still sucking on bottles/dummies/breast then perhaps she's doing this because of the comfort sucking is still providing her. I can't really say. Have you looked in her mouth and her gums/inner lips to see if there's anything visible which could be irritating her and causing her to suck her bottom lip in? And if it's only happening in a particular stage of her sleep then you're likely to see her do it sometimes during her sleep periods and not others. If this is the case, there's little you can do other than wake her which obviously would not be ideal. It may well be one of those temporary behaviours which toddlers do and there's really no apparent reason why - they just grow out of them without any specific treatment or management. You may want to have her checked by your GP if you're worried. Best Jane
Answered: 17 Dec 2014