ladies pls help my 8 year old girl wont stop sucking her thumb....

Pfunzo Claribel - posted on 04/18/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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ladies pls help my 8 year old girl wont stop sucking her thumb....

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Lisa - posted on 04/20/2011

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My daughter sucks her thumb, and did in the ultra sounds too! My doctor told me his daughter that his 5 year old daughter sucks her thumb and that its not such a big deal, that its comforting to them, and eventually they outgrow it. He said he lets her suck her thumb. And I let my daughter too. I see her sucking her thumb kinda like a baby blanket, she will outgrow it someday, and I don't worry that she won't. I have never seen a 20 year old who sucks her or his thumb. :)

Terasa - posted on 04/20/2011

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yup i was older too. comforting thing. she'll give it up in time.
no worries.

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As former thumb sucker you're are pretty much stuck waiting for her to give it up herself. However it is not unfair of you to limit the where and the when she can suck her thumb. By age 8 I was only allowed to suck my thumb at bedtime and when I was playing in my own room, (long car rides were exceptions -long = greater than an hour).

She will give it up. I was about 10 when I stopped entirely.

Nicole

Connie - posted on 04/20/2011

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one of my girls sucked her fingers until i put a fabric bandage on them and she hated the feel in her mouth....good luck and God bless

Tina - posted on 04/18/2011

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I know it's probably hard but don't draw attention to it. It's something she may stop doing in time. Some people do do it as they get older as a comfort thing in private. But drawing attention to it will only make it worse. Try talking to a chemist when I was a child my parents got me to stop bitting my nails by putting a paint on my nails that tasted really bad and it detered me from doing it. That may help. Goodluck.

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