thumb sucking

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my 8mth baby girl has just started chewing/sucking her thumbs. we have tried saying no and removing her thumb from mouth. But it keeps finding its way in there. I have heard it can affect their teeth as they grow and would like it to stop. Any help would be great. Thanks

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This is a security thing.. I will tell you my story, maybe it will help..I didn't give up the pacifier until I was 4 years old!! I consequently was bound and determined my child would not be sucking a passy at 4. so at 3 months I took away her passy so she could learn to self soothe. I think it was a brillant idea except that I started too early. My child immediately went for the thumb. She then would not take the passy back. As she got older I never said anything. I didn't want to cause anxiety, guilt, shame, ect..She stopped all by herself when she was nearly 3. Her teeth show no signs of being bucked or anything else but even so..you can always get braces for your child.. Hope that helps.. Don't show it too much attention or she will fixate on it. Also YOU know your child. if you feel this is not a security thing like a passy or blanket they make finger nail polish that is nontoxic and for thumsuckers. It is supposed to taste really bad, but of course at her age ask the doctor first. Good luck.

Judy - posted on 12/06/2009

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My daughter who is 21 now, started sucking her thumb when she was a year and a half,because she lost her binky, and we had just moved into a new place. Some kids suck their thumbs because it makes them feel secure. We tried everything to get her to quit and nothing worked. It just had to run it's course and she has turned out just fine.

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Anmarie - posted on 12/08/2010

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Well my daughter wasn't a thumb sucker she had a dummy and my son is a thumb sucker. My daughter is full noise every minute shes awake and My son is very content and relaxed, he will lie on the couch and relax, I was also a thumb sucker and there is nothing at all wrong with my teeth. Jacob (my son) found his thumb the first time he cried (when they were washing him and dressing him) and started sleeping through the night at 2 months old (my daughter was 6mths old when she slept through) I watch how much he does it because some days r worse than others so I just get him to do something that requires him to use both hands if I think hes doing it to much. I would never say "take your hand out of your mouth" to him. I think they r only little once and that is 1 thing they can have control over so I let him do it.

Erica - posted on 12/08/2010

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I will have to disagree with alot of these moms that say it doesnt cause problems...I sucked my thumb for years and have a horrible over bit from it!!!! There is a product you can buy at walmart called THUMB.... you just paint it on where needed and they dont like the taste of it. I used it on my daughter to get her from chewing her nails and a cousin of mine(with parental permission) for thumb sucking...it really works and the sooner you can get her to quit the better you are

Melanie - posted on 12/08/2010

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i dont have that problem my son always has a toy to chew on try getting those balls that go in ball pit there great
and there colorful

Tiffany - posted on 12/07/2010

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Rilie is will b 2 in feb and sucks her thumb when shes sleepy...no teeth issues yet and im praying it dont happen (im huge on clean straight teeth) but i have a 4 year old neice that has sucked her though since birth and she has veeeery bad teeth! so im not sure on this issue

Suzanne - posted on 12/06/2009

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I don't think it is a big deal. I didn't and had braces, my husband did for 7 years and didn't need braces. I have 2 sons, one didn't and one does. No biggie...

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thanku everyone i think its a security thing of possible a teething thing. she decided months ago she didnt want a dummy anymore. so she likes her thumb thankx for putting my mind at ease bout her teeth.

Mary - posted on 12/05/2009

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our son sucked his thumb until he was 15 years old he would not take a dummy but his teeth was all okay but made the other two have a dummy a lot easer to take the dummy away mary

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my son has recently discovered his thumb and now sucks it alot. i heard its ok when they are babies and that as long as they break the habit by 3 or 4 it wont effect their teeth. you could always try giving an orthodontic pacifier though

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thanks heaps ladies i dont mind it her doing suckin! it was her teeth (if she ever gets any) i was worried about. But its nice to know its not the case. Glad to here thumb suckers as beautiful bubbas lol! Thankyou Tam saying my kids r adorable Jemma is mine 1st born so still learning & Alex is my nephew 4 months apart.

Tam - posted on 12/01/2009

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its true they are good babies! my youngest daughter was sucking her thumb on the ultrasound pic.. she continued to do it at night when she went to bed. my mom broke her of it when she was way older.. her teeth are ok and i think a pacifer is basically the same thing.. she didnt talk much tho cause one hand was in her hair twirling and the other in her mouth sucking her thumb and she had an older sister so she pointed to everything until i started making her ask for things.Your daughter is just doing it to soothe herself. She will quit when she is ready to. your kids are adorable.. my spouse sucked his thumb and his teeth are ok to. He did it until he was 5 and did not have any teeth or speech problems, and neither does my daughter. If you realy dont want her doing it then remove it and distract her somehow. I thought it was precious and I never tried to stop it. She will probably still do it at night tho..

Tweety - posted on 12/01/2009

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Oh .. I understand!!! My son is now 4 and the thumb is still finding its way to his mouth!! UUGGH!! I have no idea - LOL -

Kelly - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Brandi:

My daughter has sucked her thumb literally since birth (I have a picture of her just minutes after she was born sucking her thumb) and her teeth are fine. She is 4 now and soon we will start trying to get her to stop. At 8 mos. she probably has a strong sucking need and sucking her thumb eases that need. Not to mention she might be getting teeth and chewing and sucking on her hands/thumbs makes her gums feel better. Just let her do it. She isn't going to understand why she isn't allowed yet anyway.



I totally agree I have a 5 year old boy that has been a thunb-sucker since he was in utero in fact his ultrasound picture he had his thumb in his mouth!!!!! We have tried numerous things to make him stop but at this point in time I have given up!!! His dad on the other hand when he is with him doesnt let him do it and gets onto him which really hurts hunter's feelings!!!! I think that as long as you do not notice a change in the mouth stricture then they will in time quit!!!!! I agree with brandi on this one just let her do it!!!! It couuld be one of a million reasons as to why she does! I have noticed now at this age he only does it when he is really sleppy and if they do it when they are sleeping there is no way to stop that unless you are going to stay up all night and pull her thumb out of her mouth ! Just enjoy it ! It is a cute thing I think and they are only little once in their lives ! Hopre this helps and good luck getting her to stop !!!!!

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Donna:

My boy has been a thumb sucker since the womb. Try giving her an orthodontic dummy every time you see her hands start to go towards her mouth. On a positive note, an old friend of the family has advised me that thumb-suckers have the best personalities and are happy, peaceful babies! Good luck :)


I agree that babies who suck their thumbs have wonderful peaceful dispositions and I attribute it to being able to make themselves happy and content.  :-)))  My daughter was the best little baby. She slept thru the night from really early and she could be left alone in her crib whenever it was necessary (i needed a shower or cleaning whatever) without crying.  She still has a beautiful personality and is a lot of fun!!!  My son is not a thumb sucker and I had a devil of a time getting him to sleep thru the night and couldn't leave him alone in his crib hardly at all. as  he couldn't self-soothe very well.



 

Erika - posted on 12/01/2009

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I'm 21 yrs old and I suck my thumb and my teeth are perfectly fine, my mom, and one of my sisters and an aunt of mine still suck their thumbs also and they don't have any dental problems either.

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

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My daughter has sucked her thumb literally since birth (I have a picture of her just minutes after she was born sucking her thumb) and her teeth are fine. She is 4 now and soon we will start trying to get her to stop. At 8 mos. she probably has a strong sucking need and sucking her thumb eases that need. Not to mention she might be getting teeth and chewing and sucking on her hands/thumbs makes her gums feel better. Just let her do it. She isn't going to understand why she isn't allowed yet anyway.

Donna - posted on 12/01/2009

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My boy has been a thumb sucker since the womb. Try giving her an orthodontic dummy every time you see her hands start to go towards her mouth. On a positive note, an old friend of the family has advised me that thumb-suckers have the best personalities and are happy, peaceful babies! Good luck :)

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