Health Tip: Signs That a Baby Is Hungry

-- Some new parents have a tough time figuring out when their crying baby is truly hungry.

The Nemours Foundation says these are signs that a baby wants to eat:

  • Turning the head from side to side.
  • Opening the mouth and sticking out the tongue.
  • Putting hands, fingers or a fist in or near the mouth.
  • Puckering the lips.
  • Turning to the mother's breast.
  • Moving the mouth in the direction of something that's touching the cheek (the "rooting" reflex).

Posted: January 2010


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