Thumb Sucking

Vanitha - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Can any one please tell how to get rid of thumb Sucking habit....

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Sarah - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son won't take a pacifier & he doesn't suck his thumb either...yet. He occasionally sucks his other fingers tho. I think it's just a natural thing & babies are going to suck on their fingers/thumbs. Like other people said, it only gets to be a problem when they get older and start having problems with their teeth. I'm a little embarrassed to say this, but I wasn't broken of my thumb sucking habit until I was between 8-9 years old! My parents tried EVERYTHING to get me to stop. I had to start going to an orthodontist at the age of 8 to fix my poor teeth. But, I'm a little abnormal haha and I'm sure your baby will break the habit WAY before I did lol.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/28/2010

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Replace the thumb with a paifier? That's the most ignorant thing advise I could think of. Not only are you enhancing the"problem", but they are not learning to soothe themselves. It has been proven that thumb sucking only affects your childs mouth if they continue to do so into toddler years. Being this little, it is a great self soother as well as cheaper than buying a new paci every week. This is the age when babies are discovering everything, let them find the things they enjoy!

Noreen - posted on 01/27/2010

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One thing I'm not sure I understand..... A lot of people in here want their baby to self soothe themselves to sleep and not wake at night and so on. But yet, these people don't want their babies to self soothe the natural way, ie, thumb sucking, but with a man made vice such as a plastic or laytex pacifer?! Wow!! People like this sieze to amaze me....

Noreen - posted on 01/27/2010

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A true thumb sucker will suck their thumb until THEY are ready to stop. My mom gave my brother a paci in hopes to stop his thumb sucking, and he would spit the paci out and suck on his thumb, but only sucked it to go to sleep, or when he didn't feel good and completly stoped when he was about 4

Julie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I agree. My wee man has started doing it and I think its great. Its a lovely way for him to make himself feel better and I feel self-soothing is an incredible thing to learn. Plus, you cant lose your thumb so Im not running every 5 mins replacing dummies that have fallen out. I say if it makes your little one feel better then leave him to it :)

Abegail - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have the same case. My baby also thumb sucking habit and shes 3 months old now. I want to get rid of her habit cause my dentist friend told me that if she will continue doing that thumb sucking habit she get old have a teeth her teeth will look like a BUNNY you get me?

Brandi - posted on 01/25/2010

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I am trying to break it with my little one too.... I just take her thumb out and give her a paci. I figure in the long run it will be easier to break... Hopefully one of these days she will stop finding her thumb and the paci fairy can come take that away too... good luck

Casey - posted on 01/23/2010

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when they are this young there really isn't much you can do or should do... its natural for a baby to suck its thumb to soothe his self... my daughter sucks her thumb and it helps her put herself back to sleep in the middle of the night.. i consider it more of a blessing.. i would only try to stop it if he's still doing it when he's older..

Jean - posted on 01/23/2010

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Its a habit they grow out of. If they get to old like 5 then use the old pepper on the thumb trick! (worked for me when i was 5)

Becky - posted on 01/22/2010

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You can try giving baby a pacifier when he sucks his thumb, but other than that, at this age, I don't think there's too much you can do.

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