thumb sucking

Tiffany - posted on 07/30/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 3. she has sucked her thumb since she was a baby, she has some health issues so i always just lefted her alone thinking it was ok. someone told me that she is too old to be sucking her thumb. really need some advice. THANK YOU

Is she too old to be sucking her thumb?
What are some ways to break the habbit?

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Grissel - posted on 08/02/2010

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i have the same problem my three yr old boy refuses to give up the thumb with constant nagging from me he stopped doing it during the day but at night i still catch him with it in his mouth don't know what to do about it

Pam - posted on 08/02/2010

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My son is a thumb sucker and turned three in June. I don't even think about it. Everything I've read and our ped says he'll stop - "How many 30 yr olds do you know who still suck their thunbs?" he said. My son's pediatric dentist even said not to worry about it. He starts nursery school in September and I'm thinking the peer effect will probably take hold. If nothing else, I have a good friend who, when her daughter was five, told her if she stopped, she would buy her a Nintando and she stopped immediately...I'll do the bribing thing then if need be. My thought is that there is enough to worry about without stressing about something she'll probably stop on her own. Unless your doc or dentist say it's causing health problems, let it go.

Kat - posted on 08/02/2010

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my younger sister sucked her thumb up til she was 4 and then after that til she was 7 or 8 when she was upset or whatever. she's fine. no buck teeth (i think they tell you your kid will have dental problems), nothing else. and her teeth are straight, not all weird and crooked and stuck out. so dont let that scare you.

i dont recommend this, but a woman i know got her kid to stop by putting jalapeno juice, lemon juice, vinegar, or other bad-tasting thing on her kid's thumbs to get him to stop. it worked, but still, i thought it was kinda mean.

Melisssa - posted on 08/01/2010

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My son is 9 and still sucks his thumb. He went to the dentist recently and had no cavaties and no problems.I think with a little help not nagging they will stop

Cindy - posted on 08/01/2010

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My daughter is 3 1/2 and she still sucks her thumb, she really only does it when she is sleeping but when she gets tired or crabby, I say " get your blankie and suck yoru thumb" it calms her down and makes life better for everyone. I figure she won't graduate from high school sucking her thumb, before long peer pressure will convince her to stop. I do remind her that "big" girls don't suck their thumbs very often...good luck, it's not a big deal I don't think,

Louise - posted on 07/31/2010

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Personally I would leave her be. I sucked my thumb until I was about 7 and I did not need a brace, both my sons had a dummy until they voluntarily gave it up and they don't need a brace. If you are going to get bucked teeth you are going to get bucked teeth! Ok all the health care providers say no dummy and no thumb but you can take away a dummy! You can nag her to take her thumb out of her mouth during the day but I am sure she will sneak it back in at bedtime. I would ignore it she will stop doing it in her own time but for now it is giving her comfort.

Ericka - posted on 07/30/2010

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yes she is thumb sucking can cause dental issues and make her teeth start to grow out more than down its just like letter her suck on a pacifier too long.

some ways to break the habbit that are to obviously keep reminding her that she cannot do it. it sounds mean but nail bitter the stuff to stop kids from biting their nails works too but you have to make sure it dries before you walk away or she can wash it off and i would recommend putting it on both thumbs so she cant just switch which one she sucks on. you may even be able to show her the differences in her thumbs that she has already caused the one she primarily sucks on should be a little longer and slimmer than the other. my little brother sucked his thumb for a long time and the dr pointed that out to us so that is how i know about the length. really you have to constantly be on her to not do it it will be hard on both of you but best in the long run. another thing that will make it easier it to replace the thumb sucking with something else like a blanket or a stuffed animal. the thumb sucking is a comfort to her most likely and how she deals with things or just how she gets comfortable. i do think that the hardest part will be stopping her at night because she has done it for so long. also remember it only takes a month or so to break a habbit so keep with it and it will be over before you know it good luck and i hope this helps :)

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