My daughter is almost 2 and still sucks her thumb...help!?

CJ - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 2 and she sucks her thumb all the time... it just seems to get worse by the day. She also carries around a teddy bear and a blankie that she wont leave home without. Any ideas on how i can get her to stop sucking her thumb and to cut back on the bear and blankie to just nap and bed time.

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Nargis - posted on 06/13/2009

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my daughter is almost five and I've tried it all without much success...... as long as she is playing she is fine but whilst watching TV or sitting in the car, in it goes.... its tough to keep her distracted and occupied every waking minute.

CJ - posted on 06/11/2009

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Thank you for the advice... i know that its normal to suck her thumb... i am not rushing to get her to stop, but i want to start getting her to cut back so when it does come time to drop the thumb it will be easier. Thank you again, i will try what you said.

Krista - posted on 06/10/2009

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First of all, it is perfectly alright for a 2 yr old to suck his thumb. My son did until he was 7, and then it was an issue at school and everywhere else. As for the blanket and bear, tell her that those belong on the bed, and they'll be safe there until naptime or bedtime. My 4 yr old sometimes still drags his blankie. When it came time to stop the thumb sucking, I had talked to my son's dentist. He made a bargain with him that if he was done by the next visit, he would get a coupon for free ice cream. I put bandaids on his thumb to remind him that it was in his mouth. A great reference is Helping the Thumb Sucking Child by Rosemarie A. Van Norman. I have seen it on Amazon. It's a wonderful help for this situation. Good luck.

Tamara - posted on 06/09/2009

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Both of my kids have this problem, my now 7 year old sucked her thumb until she was almost 6. And I'm working on my 3 year old now. I start with I can't understand what you are saying when your thumb is in your mouth. That gets them to take it out while they talk. When that is a established I move on to big boys/girls only suck their thumb in bed, if he keeps sucking I ask if he's tired and needs to take a nap. Then I've let them stop at nap and bed time when they are ready. It takes a long time, with you repeating yourself a ton, but that is what has and what is working for me.

Good luck.

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