How to stop my 1 year old son sucking his thumb?

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Yumi - posted on 08/30/2009

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I wish I also know. My son loves to suck his thumb, that I noticed his thumb nail is cracked already.

Shiloh - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son bites his nails, and I find what works the best is the product 'THUM'. You just paint it on their fingers like nail polish and let it dry. It tastes horrible! Consistency is the key, keep it up twice a day every day, and eventually you will see a change. My own mother used this same product on me when I was a child sucking my thumb!

Tara - posted on 11/11/2008

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My 19 month old sucks her thumb and pokes at her eyeball! I'm more concerned about the eyeball poking than the thumbsucking! I can't imagine trying to break of her "habit" yet! I would much rather see a toddler with a thumb in their mouth than a binky!

Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hi! I have 2 boys, a 3 1/2 yr. old and a 6 mo. old.My oldest hada soother and I had no problem getting rid of it when he was about 1 1/2. now my baby is totoally different! He has sucked his thumb from day one and no matter how often we take it out of his mouth heimmediatelt sticks it back in,he often has a blankie or his shirt in htere with it! If he's not hungry and occupied with toys or big brother then he doesn't do it as much.Mostly when tired or hungry.I tried a soother,h just spit it out.I tried socks/mitts, he just sucks on them too! He does sometimes get a rash and I have used lanolin(nipple cream for nursing).It seems to help because it is so thick it doesn't come of quickly, and I don't worry about it getting in his mouth.Now that he is teething I may try the soother again(frozen)in hopes that if it soothes the pain he may become attached to it instead of the thumb! Sometimes it's hard because you know they can sooth themselves when you can't be there(car rides, etc.)And it's just cute sometimes,only when they are little babies! Him growing past 2 and still doing it scares me-LOL!! Good luck-we're in the same boat!

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Kippy - posted on 11/11/2008

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My daughter just turned 5 and has been sucking her thumb since she was born. My son, who is 8, never sucked anything so when our daughter did it and it quieted her crying, we didn't think much about it, therefore we never tried to replace it with a pasifier, though I now REALLY wish we had. We tried ThumbGuards when she was about 2 or 3 and she decided to suck her fingers instead which began pushing ONE front tooth out, so we gave up on that and let her suck her thumb again. We tried pasifiers again, but she always wants her thumb. I read that about age 5 she would stop, but right now I see no signs of her stopping! It is really prevelent when she's tired (she also does the hair twirl at the same time). I'd try to do anything you can to get them to stop. I've heard horror stories from strangers who've told me that they or roommates, friends, etc, sucked their thumbs/fingers or bit their nails through college!!! Ughh!!! I do know that our dentist can put a metal piece along the top of the inside of her mouth which is bonded to her teeth so it doesn't come out and with this, she can't get suction. I haven't gotten to this point yet, but our daughter is aware of it.....

Wendy - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hi, Iam not sure how you go about getting them to stop, all I can say is that you should try everything. I have a son who still sucks his fingers and it looks really daft now that he is 15!!! I wish someone had given me advice on how to stop it. Good luck

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Both my children suck their thumbs. My daughter is 2.5. I tell her that she has to go to bed if she wants to suck her thumb. Then put her in her bed. It keeps it to a minimum.

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2008

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Thanks, he doesn't always have the rash but since starting teething he has. The chemists great advice was to get him to stop sucking it!!! Yeah like I can do that :)

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they say it doesnt matter that they stop until they are 3 or 4 then it might to effect their teeth plus it will e easier to explain to them why they shouldnt do it because he is a "big boy" now when he is 2+

Erin - posted on 11/10/2008

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if they get rashes - put lanolin on it. It's safe just in case it does get in their mouth, and it will help heal the rash. (my 2 1/2 yr. old and 7 mo. old both suck their thumbs)

Kim - posted on 11/10/2008

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My 3 yr old doesn't get rashes...but two little bumps with teeth marks on the top of the bumps on the two middle fingers she sucks...

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2008

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to those who's babies/toddlers suck their thumbs, do yours ever get a rash? What do you put on it? With teething my little boy has a rash on his thumb.

Andrea - posted on 11/10/2008

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my 2.5 year old still sucks his thumb so if you figure it out let me know.lol Andrea

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son is the same, and for the suggestions as to giving them a dummy, that is obviously from people who don't have a thumb sucker! My little boy would never take a dummy and was wrapped til almost 7 months old. Once I unwrapped him he started sucking. I have tried to give him a dummy and he chews on it for a bit then the thumb goes back in. I think that I will just let him have it til he is about 2 then deal with it as a problem. As itr is he is 9 months and only sucks it when he gives cuddles or is in bed, so its not that big a deal.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2008

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I was a thumb sucker and my parents (and grandparents) tried everything, tobasko sauce, socks taped onto my arm, telling me constantly to stop it, they even taped a bottle of some kind on my arm and I still kept at it (even more things that I can't exactly remember). I won't say how old I was when I quit ;) Kinda embarrasing LOL My daughter sucked her two middle fingers and I never encouraged it but never made a big deal out of it either and by age 3 she had quit doing it.

Lori - posted on 11/10/2008

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I had asked my doctor about it with my son. He has sucked his thumb for a couple years now. He doesn't have an object to use for comfort so I think that is what he uses. The doctor said to do nothing. The more attention you bring to it the longer he'll do it. He told me not to worry. It's not like he'll go to get his diploma with his thumb in his mouth.

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2008

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My brothers sucked their thumb or fingers. They used the "thum" stuff too. My brother still remembers how bad it tasted. My other brother didn't mind it as much, but he did end up not sucking anymore - they just kept it up, and everytime they saw him with his fingers in his mouth they pulled them out and said "no sucking".

Jaime - posted on 11/10/2008

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I think at that age, they still have a very strong need to suck for comfort... so if you get him to stop sucking his thumb it might just be replaced by something else. But, "something else" like a pacifier, blankie, etc, would probably be easier to wean him off of because you can take it away (can't take away their thumb lol!).

I think I remember reading that the risk of dental problems from thumb/finger sucking doesn't start until after the age of 3 (or maybe it was 4???), if that makes you feel any better.

Kim - posted on 11/10/2008

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I'll have to keep track of this thread...I have a 3 yr old who sucks her 2 middle fingers and both her and my 8 yr old step-son bite their nails.

Alicia - posted on 11/10/2008

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i know some mums are against dummies but i find that they are easier to ween kids off then there thumbs. i find that kids tend to go for the dummy or there thumb at particular times so if you see him going for his thumb swap it for a dummy. then as he gets older and more comfortable with those situations you can start to ween him off them eventually kids just give them up on their own. if your worried about his teeth you can get orthodontic ones.

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