Jump to content

Thumb sucking!
How to stop it!


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 ellie bb

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:25 AM

[/size]Hi,

My 2 year old will not stop sucking her thumb. We saw the dentist the other dayand she said my daughters teeth are more prominent than they should be becauseof the sucking and she should really try and stop otherwise it will get worseas she gets older.

The only thing i have tried in the past 6 months is asking her to stop, whichshe does when i ask, and then 2 mins later, she is back to sucking again. I don’teven think she knows she is doing it. She sucks when in a new environment or atbed time, which is fine as its her comforter, but then she sucks all day aswell, when she is reading books, watching tv, sometimes even drawing!

Help! Any advice or tips on how to help her stop would be appreciated! biggrin.gif

[size="3"]


#2 littlemissmessy

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:36 AM

My daughter sucked her thumb until she was about 5. I didn't really make a big deal out of it and when she started school she stopped sucking her thumb of her own accord because she didn't want anyone to see her doing it. She did have a gap between her teeth but when her permanent teeth came in they were fine, so I wouldn't worry too much. Your daughter is only young and it's probably a comfort to her at this stage.

#3 Elemenopee

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

Both my girls sucked their thumbs. My 7yr old stopped last year when she lost her front teeth, due to a combination of knowing she had too, it feeling strange with no teeth and the fingernail paint you get from chemists which taste bitter.
My 5 yr old still sucks her thumb and twirls her hair, we will become more proactive about it when she starts to lose her baby teeth.

#4 Lyra

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

I was told to tell my son 'you can suck your thumb in your room' and if we were out I told him 'that's for home'

That way you aren't making it bad but something that is only done at certain times and places

#5 Jane Jetson

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:43 AM

My three-year-old still does it. I'm not sure why I should be fussed about it, really.

#6 Soontobegran

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

I agree that it can cause orthodontic problems but at the age when your child is old enough to understand you can try and make a deal with them that it is a bed time thing only. This will happen at all different ages. I had 2 thumb suckers and 3 dummy suckers and they all stopped before they went to school. I would try to not make too big a deal of it.
I did see a 'new invention' on eBAY last night which made me laugh
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Stop-thumbsucki...=item257a2158f3


Not for one minute recommending this. I just feel sorry for the poor little babies and too think sucking on plastic from China is better than sucking on their own skin is just odd to me.




#7 ellie bb

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

great, thanks for the advice. my concern is mainly around her teeth and also her thumb can be sore and red at time which is sad.

we have started telling her thumb sucking is just for bed time which she understands, but her habit is so strong she does every other time too, subconciously!

Perhaps i will leave it go just now and try not to get too worried.  I can only trust it will be something she grows out off in time original.gif

#8 sophiasmum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

DD1 was a thumb sucker

DS was a 2 finger sucker

When they turned 4 we used the spray from the chemist I think it's called thumb stop & it worked for us, took a few weeks to break the habit but I continued using it for about 2 mths to be sure.

#9 Phascogale

Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

We used the stuff that you paint on the nails because that stays there and keeps tasting bad.

There's also a product called Never suck that you put on the actual thumb but my kids didn't mind the taste of this too much so it didn't work.

#10 bronhilda

Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

My DD as a dedicated thumb sucker! I waited until she wanted to stop herself, which occurred when she was 3.5 and at kinder. The kinder kids asked her why she sucked her thumb, she asked me, and it opened up the conversation about wanting to stop.

What I did first was wrap guaze and bandaids around her thumbs for two weeks. Everytime she put her thumb in her mouth she remembered she didn’t want to as it tasted awful. After two weeks, we then just reminded her everytime we saw her doing it that she should stop. She was also promised a big present (a camera) if she stopped sucking her thumb.

It took 5 months for her to stop doing it during the day. She still sucked it in her sleep for about another 6 months, but neither she nor I had control over that. She has not reverted (now 6).

My newborn is showing a tendancy to suck her thumb, so I have given her a dummy and convinced her to take it. Much easier to dispose of a dummy than a thumb!





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.