Is it ok to let my 2 month old suck on her thumb?

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She is already into her pacifier but now she is mouthing her hand trying to find her thumb! Should I help her out or move her hand out of the way?

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Kate - posted on 02/13/2009

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My daughter is 10 weeks old and was sucking her thumb on our scan pictures. She prefers her thumb - she will actually spit her dummy out and search for her thumb. I sucked my thumb as a child and still do now, but I've only ever done it at home, particularly when I'm tired, as it's so soothing and relaxing. As for damaging teeth I can honestly say that other than my bite being abit off I have perfect teeth - no fillings, never had any teeth out etc. My friend has a two yr old little girl who has a dummy and now not only has problems with her teeth, but also with her language development too! There are pros and cons for both, but at the end of the day you've got to do what you think is best for your child :) x

Ashley - posted on 01/30/2009

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my son loves the pacifier but when he loses it i have to search in the dark for it, but he found his thumb and life is much easier, right now it's mostly just his hand in general but he found his thumb today and i'm not going to stop him, it means i don't have to find his pacifier anymore. you do what you feel is right for you and your baby. GOOD LUCK!!!

Stasia - posted on 01/30/2009

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Quoting Tania:

NO NO NO!!!! If possible let her only suck on her dummy. The dummy can be thrown away at a later stage, but a thumb is stuck to her hand and it is much more difficuilt to break the habit. Her teeth are definately going to be developed in a manner which can only be corrected with expensive othodontics. Some babies even suck their thumbs so hard that the poor finger gets misshapen and raw. It is very important that she can develop her senses and be able to reach her mouth with her hand. I worked for a dentist for 8 years and saw the damage that can be caused by thumb sucking. I would never let my children do that.


about the "Her teeth are definately going to be developed in a manner which can only be corrected with expensive othodontics"



 



lIt isnt a DEFINATELY. As I said I have spoken with many moms who have not had orthodontics, and all admit to being thumbsuckers themselves when they were young. A very close friend of mine sucked her thumb for a loooooong time (past the school age, but only in priate)



My daughter does not suck her thumb, but From hearing from other moms whose babies do, they are excellent self soothers and just more calm in general.



As far as the germs, your child is going to put their hand and anything else they can find in their mouth anyways!!!! and what happens when the dummy has been dropped on the grocery store floor?? Do you then allow them to cry until you get home to sterilize it???



 



I would say just do what you feel is right, no one knows better than you!!

Stasia - posted on 01/28/2009

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You will probably get a lot of different advice from a lot of different people, but I would suggest letting her have her thumb!!! It is a natural thing, and will help her self soothe. My daughter won't fall asleep without her pacifier so it now means when she wakes we have to root around in the dark to find it for her so she can go back to sleep.
If she enjoyed her thumb life would be easier for us!!!!
That being said I think there is concern with the use of PROLONGED thumb sucking in regards to their teeth, but I have met many people who were thumbsuckers and they have beautiful teeth!!!! best of luck~

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Sawsan - posted on 12/30/2012

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Of what I heared and read that it is okay , since this give them security , my baby girl is 6 month and she suck on her thumb when she wants to sleep ; it helps sooth her , I also read that it doesn't change the teeth structure untill 5 years after that it will push her teeth outside. I'm not worrying about my girl , who also sucking on her foot big toe any chance she gets , but she get busy with other stuff during the day , playing , eating , learning , and she suck on her thumb only for 5 minutes or so untill she sleeps. it is normal.

Kathleen - posted on 01/31/2009

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My daughter is 3 months, and recently started exploring her thumb. Her pedi. said to let her explore it and if she likes it, she likes it and if she doesn't, she can suck the pacifier.



A lot of people tell me not to do it, but that is how she is comfortable!! it might be a hard habit to break- But it helps her sleep :)

Christina - posted on 01/31/2009

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like my mother in law says it is a lot easier to wean them off a pacifier than a thumb. lookin 4 something to suck on is a hunger cue, but sometimes they just wanna suck on something, hence pacifiers. if it were me i woudlnt' let her, not to mention hands are dirty lol

Jackie - posted on 01/31/2009

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it all depends. my son started with the pacifier and switched to his thumb. i would have prefered him say with the pacifier due to the fact that when it came time i could take it away from him. he has many problems with his teeth/mouth now including speech, open bit, narrow upper jaw, ect. he is going to need a lot of dental work in the very near future and he is only 7. good luck!!

Heather - posted on 01/30/2009

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It depends on what you are willing to do later on. My two year old sucks her thumb still. She was an awesome baby and is great for a two year old with the whole self soothing thing. But, her dentist says that she is already having problems with her teeth. So, It's really what problem you want to deal with.

Cynthia - posted on 01/30/2009

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my son who is now 2.5 years had his thumb in the ultrasound in his mouth. we never stopped him from using it. he still does on occasion suck away, but no harm done as of yet.

our newest son 5 months is constantly trying to put his knuckle in. we had tried a soother but they always get pushed out. so in my humble experience which ever makes them happy.

Leonie - posted on 01/30/2009

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LOL... try to stop her and let me know how you go :0) My daughter does it (well she is at the stage where she puts the whole hand and trys to get the other one in at the same time!) and there is no way I can stop her...

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Thanks for all the responses! I talked to my husband and I think we're going to let her explore her hand/thumb but try to put the binky in when she does it. Apparently my husband sucked his thumb well into kindergarden!

Shannon - posted on 01/29/2009

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It is a personal choice... but once it actually starts, it super hard to break a child of. I had a friend who still did when she was really tired all the way till highschool... drove me nuts!!

I intentionally gave my children pacifiers to keep them from their thumbs since the pacifiers are actually easier to get rid of... whatever you choose... good luck!

Liz - posted on 01/29/2009

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I would let her do whatever she feels is soothing.  I would not help her put her thumb in her mouth nor would I take it away.  I would let it be her choice.  I personally don't believe in pacifiers nor do I believe in thumb sucking.  My daughter is 2 and sucks on her thumb to fall asleep.  Other babies/toddlers need a pacifier to fall asleep or a bottle.  It's a comfort thing.  Why would you take that away from them?  My daughter was already sucking her thumb in my womb, we have sonogram pictures of it.  When she decides she doesn't want to do it anymore, she will stop.  Maybe a teddybear will take its place.  Not all babies/children who suck their thumb need braces either.  I would let your baby decide what is best for her.

Tania - posted on 01/29/2009

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NO NO NO!!!! If possible let her only suck on her dummy. The dummy can be thrown away at a later stage, but a thumb is stuck to her hand and it is much more difficuilt to break the habit. Her teeth are definately going to be developed in a manner which can only be corrected with expensive othodontics. Some babies even suck their thumbs so hard that the poor finger gets misshapen and raw. It is very important that she can develop her senses and be able to reach her mouth with her hand. I worked for a dentist for 8 years and saw the damage that can be caused by thumb sucking. I would never let my children do that.

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2009

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sucking her thumb is very important for her development and self awareness. babies need to know how to put hands to mouth, different textures. its normal infant development.

Christina - posted on 01/28/2009

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It all depends on your views towards thumb sucking. If you are ok with it and don't mind her developing a long lasting habit than you can allow her to continue. First off I don’t have any judgments towards those who have chose thumb over soother. For my own reasons I didn't allow either of my lil guys to suck their thumbs. Mainly because you can take a soother away but ya can't with a thumb! Also, I had the idea that I could sterilize a soother or replace it when needed but I was afraid my lil ones would pick up more germs if they sucked on their thumbs since they touch everything with their hands and then suck all of the germs off. I heard that shopping cart handles are one of the most common germ infested things that we come into contact with. So you can imagine the germs our kids are getting. Eeek!



If you are not ok with the thumb than just nicely tell her "no thumb" or "thumb out" & pull her thumb out of her mouth every time you see her do it. Then offer her the soother.



I Think it’s all just personal preference. Good luck with which ever you do choose!

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