thumb-sucking

Heidi - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to get my 3 month old from trying to suck his thumb? I give him a soother put mitts on him at night but he is bound and determined! And I really don't want him to have all the problems from thumb sucking as he gets older! Any help?

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Kenitra - posted on 10/06/2009

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I tried everything. When my daughter was 4 months old, she lost her favorite pacifier. She totally refused any other one, even if it was the exact same kind. I tried lemon on her thumb, a product called "nail biter"., socks on her hands while she sleeps, everything. The only thing that ever worked for her was, when she was 4, on New Year's Eve, she met a man with no thumb...and you'll never guess what he told her..."that he sucked it right off!" She never touched her thumb again. She would even stop children and babies in their strollers in the mall, and pull their thumbs right out of their mouths and tell them..."you shouldn't suck your thumb, you will suck it right off, I know, I saw a man..." Hind sight is 20/20. Do not let your child get attached to one pacifier, and only give it to them when they sleep.

Heidi - posted on 10/06/2009

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thanks everyone for your help...I'm trying not to stress majorly about it but at the same time I'm watching for when he does it when we're awake and playing! Just to try and divert away from it! Thanks though

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Pediatricians are split when it comes to the thumb vs. paci issue. Pros of the thumb: it's always available to them, you can't drop it on the floor or lose it. The paci and thumb have the same con which is you want them to give it up by age 2. I was a thumb sucker until I was 4. I did have braces, but so did my brother and sister and they were not thumb suckers. Your child is just trying to soothe himself and he prefers his thumb. I wouldn't worry about it.

KAREN - posted on 10/05/2009

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stop worrying, he is still too young to be concerned about any future problems. Just let him be a baby for now.
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Andrea - posted on 10/05/2009

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I was once told that kids that suck there thumbs did it also in the womb so it is normal proccess for a child to suck there thumbs. On the other hand my son did it for 3yrs and the way we stoped it was putting a thing called "stop that" on his thumb it a nail pollish for people who bite there nails he hated the taste and stoped within one night. But I don't think that way would be good for a 3mth old give it a little time he will prob stop after a while it's not that bad anyway.

Giselle - posted on 10/05/2009

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I've never tried this but a woman once told me about putting something sour on the finger, that way when they try to suck it, it will taste really bad. I think they sell them at the stores, I believe it's a liquid. CVS might have it and I'm sure Babies R Us does too. Then again, I haven't tried it because my daughter is only 10 months and she uses her pacifier here and there. I would look into that liquid, I'm pretty sure its safe. Check with the doctor of course. Good luck!

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