How can i get my 3month old to stop sucking his thumb??

Mercedes - posted on 05/09/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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He pulls his pacifier out and sticks his thumb in, we pull it out but he laughs and puts it back in. I just dont know what to do!?

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Marie - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son is almost 8 months old and has been sucking his thumb since he was about 2 months. It has become less though, now that he wants to talk more and crawl and stand. But, he still sucks it when he's tired and to put himself back to sleep. Even when he's in the car and he's bored. I've been told not to worry too much about it AND I've been told to make him stop. It's a personal decision that only you can make. If it bothers you, people suggest something bitter or spicy. For me, the only time I worried was when his thumb would start to crack or get blisters. The doctor told me I could put an antibiotic and then cover it really good with gauze and paper tape. That way he could still suck it if he needed to be soothed, but he wouldn't be attributing to the sores. We did that, and the sores went away in a day and a half. The only thing you want to make sure, if you decide to let him suck it, is to keep it dry and clean when he's not sucking it. The saliva is acidic, so just wipe his thumb when he takes it out. For me, no worries!

Sharon - posted on 05/09/2010

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my husband suggested you put somthing bitter so when he goes to put it in his mouth he wont like it and will stop putting his thumb in his mouth. i dont know what to put on maybe um somthing sour

hope this helps xx

Laura - posted on 05/14/2010

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Sucking his thumb is part of his development it helps him differentiate between things that are a part of his body and things that are not. Please please do not put horrible things on your babys thumb to prevent him learning and exploring!

Rosie - posted on 05/13/2010

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Honestly, it's a self-soothing technique. It's not that big of a deal...especially compared to a pacifier!

Aubrey - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter is 4 months and sucks her thumb. She quick taking the pacifier at 2 months and been satisfied with her thumb. My doctor says its normal because babies need that oral fixation. And its proven by dentists that it has no effect on how there teeth form later on. I mean you obviously don't want them to be sucking there thumb when there are 12 so if they are still sucking there thumb by 2, I would say start some remedys to ween her of the thumb

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Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2010

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There is actually nothing wrong with your child sucking their thumb. Pediatricians say that they actually prefer it. Sucking a pacifier, thumb or other digits can help prevent SIDS when asleep and offers the baby a natural way to sooth itself. Doing this does not create buck teeth or hinder the baby in any way. Try not to worry so much about it! Its a good thing that your baby can sooth itself in a natural way. At this age it is definitely not necessary to try and break the habit.

Dana - posted on 05/13/2010

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I have a thumb sucker too! Don't make an issue of it...all of the reading I have done and discussing it with my pediatrician...all say leave it alone and they will eventually self-wean...the more attention you pay to it...the worse it will get!

Marisa - posted on 05/13/2010

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my daughter ties to suck her thumb i take it out everytime. i do not want her sucking it or a paci.

Joanne - posted on 05/13/2010

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Awww, just let him be a baby. He's learning to self sooth himself by sucking his thumb. 3 months is aweful early to worry about getting him to stop. I think I'd wait (which I did with my second son, until he was about 1 or so) and he slowly stopped on his own. Learning other ways to self sooth. Patience will be key when the time comes. But for now, just let him be a baby.

Mercedes - posted on 05/12/2010

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my mom used pacifiers w/ us and said that we all dropped them after 7 or 8 mnths.. so i guess we will try it!

Mercedes - posted on 05/12/2010

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lol, we tried and he made faces untill he licked it off and then just kept goin! =/ but, thanx so much for the suggestion, we just found out he is teething and not sucking, but chewing!

Momof1 - posted on 05/12/2010

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I wouldn't try to stop him from sucking his thumb. That's what my 6 month old son does. It is better for him to suck his thumb, then use a pacifier. Babies should be weaned off pacifiers by 3 to 4 months, before they become dependent on them. As for sucking his thumb, that is something he will grow out of when he is ready. Once my son figured out how to put stuff in his mouth, everything goes in there. His hands, his feet, his toys, his bibs. LOL So I wouldn't worry about it.

Sherry - posted on 05/12/2010

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my father suggested mustard poweder

my grandfather suggested vinigar

some one else suggested pepper sauce



Sounds to me like he's playing with you though.. my son pops his suckie in and out of his mouth all the time... our problem is he sticks his 3 larger fingers to the back of his throat until he gags... I wouldn't worry too much about his thumb right now. ... once they're over a year then contemplate it.. but until then... I wouldn't worry about it....



I have however been told that it's alot more difficult to break if you alow it after 18 months.. until then.. let em have at er... that's how they learn anyways is by sticking things in their mouth, ear, nose whatever.

Jessica - posted on 05/10/2010

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At 3 months, I say let him! That's way too young for it to be abnormal or problematic. In fact babies have a need to suck, its comforting to them. Some just don't like pacifiers and prefer thumbs or fingers. Its not a bad thing..

Vicki - posted on 05/10/2010

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Most babies who suck their thumbs at this age give it up themselves later. I wouldn't worry about it.

Kathy - posted on 05/10/2010

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it won't hurt him yet... not at least till he's older, but if you really don't want him to try giving a soother, I know some moms are against them, but to me I would think it to be easier to stop when they are older... the thumb is kinda attached, you can take a soother away!! But my daughter does both, she'll be all over her suckie till its not where she can see or get it then its the thumb and her fingers

Natasha - posted on 05/10/2010

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The thumb is a better habit then a binki i think. My lactation consultant said that allowing my baby girl to satisfy her oral fixation is ok... but if you absolutely would rather he didn't i agree with the other ladies that maybe something bitter on the thumb

Karen - posted on 05/10/2010

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my son gave up the sookie for his fingers around 2 months old...i had absolutely no issues with it, in fact i was kind of happy i'd no longer be waking up in the night to have to search for the sookie. my son is now 7.5 months and hardly ever sucks his fingers. ever since he's been figuring out how to crawl he is too busy to bother. occasionally when we're cuddling he'll have them in his mouth, but i've realized he's more chewing on them because he's getting another tooth. i'm not sure at this young age there's much you can do about it....

Mandy - posted on 05/10/2010

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sucking their thumb, or fingers, will not hurt them at this age. They are just exploring with their mouths. I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter did start sucking her thumb at night when she was older, but she self-weaned at 2 and has had no problems because of it. When they get older you can tell them not to; we limited our daughter to only when she was sleeping for a very long time and I was so worried about weaning her, until, like I said, she surprised us and self weaned.

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Babies are babies, let them suck their thumb. I have never met a baby who doesn't shove their fists, fingers anything in their mouths especially when they are teething.

Ladychit - posted on 05/10/2010

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try to put bitter gourd ( ampalaya ) it is bitter but also good for your baby....

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