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03-05-2008, 01:01 PM
My parents and I tried every thing to stop my nine month old daughter Izzy to stop sucking her thumb we put the thumb like nail bitting stuff she sucked right through and even hot sauce should i be worried about her sucking her thumb
03-06-2008, 06:29 PM
Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about it. I really think it's just something they have to get over. You can tell them to keep their thumb out of their mouth, and when they begin talking, tell them you can't understand them if it's in there. Both my husband and I sucked our thumbs when we were little. Since our second son, 26 months, has decided to do the same, we've discussed it quite a bit. We both outgrew it just fine, and our son will too. If anyone else does have a suggestion, though, I'd be open to listening! :)
03-07-2008, 09:38 PM
When my 22 month old daughter first started sucking her thumb i was kinda angry with her father since her was the one her taught her. When she began biting her thumb while she was sucking on it and there was an infection i started to get worried i called her doctor. I was told there isn't any thing to be worried about they grow out of it by the time they get into school. also that it can do no harm to their teeth until 5 or 6 but the doctor reassured me that there was nothing to worry about
We used to joke that our (now 10-month-old) daughter was born with her thumb in her mouth...no matter what, when not being busy eating, she would immediately start sucking her thumb. It was so bad that, at more than one occasion, she actually developed sores - so no wonder we were concerned. When asked, our pediatrician would always tell us that there really is not much we can do to change that behavior so we should simply relax about it. Little did we know, one day our daughter simply forgot about her best friend--she has not sucked on her thumb for about a month now.
Even though they all have different timing, and it can take longer for your daughter to find another hobby ;) relax in knowing that sooner or later she will stop...there is simply no other way...just like with diapers-some kids potty train early some late, but none of them starts school in diapers.;)
(I've heard of putting spices on that thumb, etc., but I would strongly advise against it.)
03-11-2008, 03:54 PM
Try pulling out the thumb whenever you notice....or may be try offering her a paci instead. soon she will get on to the paci. you can then discontinue the use after a while.
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