my 3 year old son has been sucking his thumb since day 1 i've tried everything to get him to stop nothing has worked any suggestions !!!

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Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2011

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I have no idea what will happen and neither do you. If she's already tried all sorts of methods to get her son to stop sucking his thumb and he's still doing it then obviously it's more than a habit. I've seen kids who sucked their thumb and were forced to quit pick up other habits like chewing on their nails. I knew one little girl who literally pulled all her eyelashes out. If it's a habit it will end on it's own. If it's a need he will eventually out grow it. If it's causing sores then the child will learn not to do it on his or her own: action and consequence. It's not bad for there adult teeth at age three. If this were a child who was getting their permanent teeth in and still sucking his thumb then yes, it could be bad for his teeth. Right now it's not.

Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2011

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It's a calming mechanism that he needs to soothe himself. But yes, let's take it away from him prematurely and maybe he'll pick up another wonderful habit like pulling his hair out or chewing on his nails.

Jessica - posted on 10/26/2011

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My mother in law, when she saw my new baby sucking her thumb, said "It's great, they can't lose it and they'll stop when they start school and get made fun of!" I'm not sure if that's the best way to think about it, but it's likely true. Does he do it all the time, or only when tired, scared, etc?

Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2011

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He'll outgrow it on his own. He's only 3. Usually stops when they get into school.

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