How to get rid of the habit of sucking her thumb, any suggestions?

Dureyakta - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 11 months old and sucks on her thumb. I think I should start trying for her not to do it anymore when she's a year old. What do you think? is that the right age? and how should I make her stop?

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Mandy - posted on 10/29/2009

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It is a myth that sucking the thumb will cause damage prior to perminante teeth...here is one quote for you from WebMD...

"It is natural for many infants and young children to calm themselves by sucking their thumbs, and most children will stop on their own. But after age 4 or 5, thumb-sucking can lead to serious dental, speech, and self-esteem problems."

User - posted on 05/12/2014

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Thumb/finger sucking is ok till it is not developed as an habit.

In case it turns out to be habit....getting rid of it is essential for tooth structurals..i recommend using thumbguard..which i used in my daughter's case..cotton stuff great to use & comfort wear. can find this at olx or quikr India

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Dureyakta - posted on 10/30/2009

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thank you so much everyone for all your help and comments. I guess I was freaking out a little, but reading to all the comments above made me calm down a little.

Erica - posted on 10/29/2009

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As someone said previously, the child will stop sucking their thumb on their own time (hopefully). My mom tried using nail polish that had red pepper in it (I think you can find this at a beauty supply store too). Her mom used it on her and some siblings growing up and it made us all kick the habit pretty quickly after that. But from what I remember, this was all in the "toddler" stage. My siblings and I all have perfect teeth today in our 20's and late teens, and so the thumb sucking did not do permanent damage at all. Good luck and many prayers! :)

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2009

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I went to school with a girl my Sr. year who still sucked her thumb. Her thumb was flat. I still think of that & cringe everytime she sticks her thumb in her mouth.



Jayna... My daughter said "That's gonna be me mommy!" *sigh*

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2009

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Most of the time they do it for security. If u dont get to spend a lot of one on one time with her, try doing that and talk to her about it. She is still little though. If it was a binky it would be the same thing. Try working on it with her but dont freak yet.

Jayna - posted on 10/29/2009

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ha ha, i sucked my thumb until I went away to college. Had to have braces for 5 years! Good luck! =P

Suzanne - posted on 10/29/2009

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My eldest sucked his thumb a lot until he was 7 and then just stopped on his own, he is 24yrs old now and has perfect teeth! My youngest is nearly 3 and thumb sucks when she is tired. I don't worry about it cos i'm sure she will stop when shes ready like her brother did!

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2009

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Mine is 7 & she still sucks her thumb. Her daddy says she'll stop when she wants to but I think it's gotten to be more of a habit thing. When she turned about 5 her cousins all told her big girls don't suck their thumb anymore & she slowed down & does take more notice of when she's doing it but now she only sucks it when she's overly tired or goes to sleep.

Dureyakta - posted on 10/29/2009

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Mandy, I think you are right on not causing any damage until the perminante teeth.



Also, I've noticed that she sucks on it when she's sleepy. When I put her to sleep, I remove it from her mouth when she is asleep but the problem is that she sucks on it if she wakes up to go back to sleep. She'll suck on it for a couple of minutes until she falls asleep again.



I guess I'm just scared because I know someone whose son is 10-12 years old and still suck on his thumb and I dont want that to happen with my daughter.

Mandy - posted on 10/29/2009

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If she's only 11 months I don't think I'd get to crazy about it. A mouth guard seems really extreme unless they are older. How often is she doing it? All the time? Only before bed? When she's hungry? If she is playing and not sucking her thumb my guess is you need to start paying attention to when she is doing it and you will start to see why she is doing it...its a trigger for something. I wouldn't force it, that can make it worse. If it isn't in her mouth all the time, I don't think that is something I'd be to concerned with yet.

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I would recommend that you start right now. My husband and I put a sock on out babies hand to stop him. Then we introduced a pacifier, eventhough I didn't want to. But if you allow your daughter to suck her thumb it will most likely leave you with a large orthodontics bill when she gets older. So try to transition ASAP. Same goes for you Stacey...don't wait. BTW I have a 1 year old.



Everytime he can't find his pacifier he goes to the thumb, but now it's less and less.

Caterose1 - posted on 10/29/2009

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I know it sounds cruel but my dad put mustard on my thumb but it worked lol

Stacey - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son is 8 months old and has the same habit! I have heard that rubbing lemon on his thumb works. I was planning on waiting until he was a year or so old too. Good luck!

Monica - posted on 10/29/2009

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a friend of mine her daughter sucked her thumb and the dentist told her to get her fitted for a mouth guard and it worked she stopped sucking

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