Feb 21 2010, 06:43 PM
My boy is nearly 14 months and is a thumbsucker... i tried weaning him onto a dummy as a last resort when he was little with no luck. So i am just wondering if anyone out there has a bub like mine and if you are worried about it, ie not able to get them to stop as they get older.
He is a wonderful baby, has slept through from 7pm till 7am from 8 weeks old and has never woken (not even once to have to try & resettle him when sick or teething or anything) since he was born - so dont get me wrong he is an angel - but just wondering how things are going to go as he gets older?
Love to hear your experiences or thoughts with this
Feb 21 2010, 07:10 PM
My boy (19 months) is a thumb-sucker too. He only does it when he is going to sleep or when he is distressed. And to be quite honest it doesn't bother me at all. I am not sure if we will need to intervene sometime in the future, but I am not stressing about it until it is a problem.
I was also a thumb sucker. I have no idea when I stopped or why. I will have to ask my mum.
Feb 21 2010, 07:35 PM
My niece is a big thumb sucker - so much so that she's always had a red mark at the bottom of her thumb. She's now 4 and seems to finally be growing out of it, though she still does it when tired.
Feb 21 2010, 07:39 PM
I wouldnt be too worried, it generally doesnt matter alot until they start to get their adult teeth
Feb 22 2010, 09:31 AM
I was a thumbsucker when I was little.
Up untill like 12. Eeep.
I used to do it as a security thing. When I felt safe I stopped or didnt do it.
Feb 22 2010, 10:46 AM
I was a thumb sucker until I was about 9 but chose to give it up around the time when I also decided I was to old for my blankie. I have had absolutely no teeth problems, in fact people often ask if I've had braces because they are so straight.
C is also a thumb sucker and I have no problem with that from my experience and I'm sure she will stop sucking her thumb when she chooses. She tends to suck her thumb when she is tried or going to sleep. Many children are the same and either suck their thumbs when they are tired or need a bit of security.
Feb 22 2010, 12:03 PM
My sister was a thumb sucker and I sucked two fingers. I have no idea when either of us gave it up, it was too long ago. We both had to have orthodontic work, but I suspect, very strongly, that that was more to do with genetics than sucking various digits. One only need look at the teeth on my dad's side of the family to figure that one out!
My son hasn't found his thumb yet, though he has tried to stuff his fist in his mouth several times
Feb 23 2010, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the replies. Made me feel better, none of my family or friends have kids that do it so i was getting a little worried. At the moment he is only doing it when tired or upset. Guessing he will grow out of it when he is ready.
Apr 11 2010, 03:48 PM
Yes I had one, and at almost 4 yrs old, I still do....
She now only sucks her thumb when tired, unsure, in bed with her snugglies... There is a method, she sucks her left thumb and rubs the tag of her snuggly across her face. Cute.
Its not a problem and its not constant. I tried the thumb>dummy wean too, didnt work. You can get stop and grow, or put a bandaid on the thumb, a fabric elastoplast type, if concerned re the thumb skin.
Its a non issue for us, isnt doing harm, looks cute and hey its her body.
The teeth probs are a bit of hype really, the thumb would have to be in there 24/7 pre and post milk teeth, and as you know there are so mant more interesting things to poke ones fingers in.... so its usually reserved for sleepy time.
Apr 13 2010, 08:20 AM
My son was a very loyal thumbsucker. He sucked his thumb for sleep, while playing, in the car and watching TV. At about 2.5 years old I started to help him wean off the thumb and by 3 years old he had completely stopped sucking his thumb. Not even in his sleep.
His thumb and teeth are fine and he is a beautiful, happy kid - so being a thumbsucker was/is not an issue for us.
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