my 8 months old daughter wont stop sucking her finger need to get her out of it.. pls help

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Nicole - posted on 08/12/2009

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Sucking a finger is better than the pacifier that my daughter loved. Her pediatrician recommended getting rid of the pacifier, which is much worse for them than a finger, at the age of two..... don't stress about it now!

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8 months is very young to expect to break a habit like that. She's too young to really remember that you don't want her to do it and waay too young to stop herself even if she did. The best thing you can do is just take the finger out whenever you see it in there or maybe give her a pacifier when she's sucking.

Whitney - posted on 08/11/2009

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Hey Kimberly -



My oldest son begun sucking his finger at 3 mos old and he is 9 now and he still does it from time to time. We tried it all...mustard, ketchup, etc. Anything that was somewhat "tart" or "tangy" and placed it on his fingers, that he sucked, and it did nothing. So, everytime we saw him sucking his fingers we would pull his fingers out of his mouth and tell him no. It worked for a while and then he would still do it. Finally, I just came to the realization that he was going to stop when he wanted to and really the only time that he does it is in his sleep and that is on a rare occassion.



You may just have to try some of the above and if none of them work just see if she stops on her own; which at some point she will! Hope this helps.



Whitney :O)

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