Thumb sucking self-soother for child with anxiety but should it stop?

Tam - posted on 05/22/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My pediatrician said it's a self-soother. My sister-in-law sucked her thumb through the 5th grade, her teeth are fine and she's a teacher now. My child has anxiety, I'm a little concerned the thumb sucking continues. Usually when tired. But if not hurting anything or anyone, should we be trying to stop it?

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K - posted on 05/22/2015

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Not sure how old the child is? But my gut reaction is to let them suck their thumb. As my Pediatrician said, they are not going to be doing this at college.
Teach your child other ways to sooth themselves as well, yoga, walks, warm bath, music, books, etc.

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Tam - posted on 05/23/2015

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9 yrs. old in a few months. It bothers my husband, and I can understand that, but I keep thinking I rather him do that then have to give him a drug or something. I used to associate thumb sucking with being a baby but that's not the case. Just wondered if others have experienced themselves or with their child did they try to stop. thx.

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