ADVICE ON THUMBSUCKING....PLEASE

Ashlee - posted on 05/30/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My three month old is starting to take to his thumb. he is starting to suck his thumb more and more what can i do to stop this? or what should i do? advice please??!!!!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2012

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Most babies need something to suck on. It is a comfort thing. If you would prefer a paci, then you can try to put one in his mouth when he starts on his thumb. Other than that, there isn't anything to do.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/30/2012

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It's natural. There is no need to stop this now. If it becomes an issue when he is five, deal with it then. This will not damage his teeth (future teeth) right now. If you prefer a pacifier, use that. Otherwise, let it go.

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Sarah - posted on 05/30/2012

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Sucking is a reflex. Some babies need it soothed more than others. I would take his thumb out and offer a pacifier. Pacifiers don't cause the damage to teeth and jaw development that you see in thumb/finger sucking. Just make sure you get an orthodontic nipple on it. Plus, you can take a pacifier away later, you can't take away a thumb!

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