My sister sucked her thumb til she was 6 years and ended up with buck teeth which cost thousands to fix.
My eldest had a dummy so did my third and they had no problems.
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14-07-2016 07:47 #23
If you child prefers their thumb I am sorry to say but you won't have a choice in the matter! Both my boys ripped their dummies out once they had the coordination to do so and sucked their thumbs. You can't take their thumb away! And try as you might it's virtually impossible to stop it they need to make a conscious decision to stop themselves and often it's a habit they find very impossible to break.
I have considered using stop & gro on DS1 thumbnail as he is now 5 and can't stop.
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14-07-2016 09:12 #24Senior Member
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I was a thumb sucker as a child, I was still going as a teen and sucked on occasion as an adult. It was a completely unconscious action, mostly happened when I was asleep.
14-07-2016 10:27 #25Senior Member
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My DD had a dummy and DS sucked his thumb. I tried to get DS to take a dummy but he wouldn't have it.
IMO if it sooths them let them do it. DS is five now and is starting to stop sucking his thumb. His teeth are fine so far
14-07-2016 14:11 #26Senior Member
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I'm not sure what is the lesser evil to be honest! My number one child had a comforter which was awesome, probably the best and 'easiest' choice which he gave up himself around 3.5-4yrs. He only had it at bedtime though.
Number two two from four months sucked two fingers and a snugly blanket. Six years later I am painting her fingers with gross stuff and she is in the (traumatic!) stage of relearning to settle without her fingers. It's been rough for her!
Number three has a comforter too but he sucks/licks it and it's so gross! He has six in rotation because they stink LOL he is 3.5yrs and he'd walk around sucking that thing day and night if we'd let him but we have a rule it stays in his bed upstairs during the day now.
number four has a dummy but not to sleep at night only during the day sometimes and never when he is 'happy' as quite honestly I detest the look of them but I also can't take whinging anymore -I'm too old!! Haha! He has comforters at night that live in his cot.
So so far the finger sucking thing has been the hardest transition for my daughter, it's such a strong comfort. I have literally spent every night for the past few weeks with her sleeping holding my hand. She was my best sleeper though as a baby...!!
15-07-2016 11:38 #27
15-07-2016 12:20 #28
My two older daughters had dummies and my DD3 is 4.5 months old and has a dummy. If she doesn't have a dummy her fist is that far into her mouth and looks like she's tickling her own tonsils.
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