Sores on thumbs from thumb sucking

Lisa - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter who is 19 months sucks her thumb and she now has sores on it. She is always sucking it. Any advise to get her to stop or to heal up her sores?

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Cory - posted on 12/29/2009

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My daughter is 16 months old, and about a week ago she woke up with this big bump and it looked like a blister. She normally has like a little calase on her thumb from sucking at night. But this was very different than normal. i took her to her doctor, and it turned out she had a secondary skin infection. The docter said it was from the skin cracking and her sucking on it. So she is on antibiotics 3 times a day for 10 days. Mom keep an eye on it. It can happen very fast. the sooner you catch it the better off you will be. Luckily my little girl had only a very slight infection.

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they'll go away. my 2 year old sucked her thumb (and still does, but only when she's tired or upset) and used to get sores all the time. i wanted to put something on them, but i was afraid of any ointment or anything in her mouth with her thumb. i just left it alone and they went away.

Tally - posted on 01/02/2010

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I used to use Melaleuca oil. It's not toxic and yet... it will taste very yucky!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/02/2010

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Like I said I had to change the bandaid 3 times a day. I bought the super tacky kind..and they were almost like fabric on the outside. I would wrap the entire thumb ..so it took 3 bandaids each time. I also made sure to wrap the ends of the first one under the 2nd one and so on.

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My sis-in-law would literally tape socks to her son's hand to keep him from sucking his infected fingers.

Lisa - posted on 01/01/2010

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Thanks! I will keep an eye on it. I tried putting the bandages on, but she pulled them off! I got some stuff to paint on her nails that tastes funny, so hopefully that will help her stop. If it isn't better by Monday I might take her in to make sure there is no infection!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2009

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My youngest daughter is a thumbsucker as well. I noticed about 2 weeks ago that her thumb was so dry from the weather and the sucking that it had cracked in two places. So I went out and bought the band aides that are like fabric because they stay on longer. I wrapped the entire thumb. I also bought polysporin (triple antibiotic). I had to change the bandages about 3 times daily since they were so saturated from her sucking but her cuts are all healed now.

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