My 6 month old is sucking her thumb....

thumb sucking - little boy sucking his thumb
@Muslimah (811)
United States
January 24, 2007 2:09pm CST
should i stop her? my mother says "take that thumb out of her mouth" i think its cute... and she sucks on it so she can go to sleep. So should i stop her?
16 responses
@missytia (387)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
My daughter is 6 and I am only just breaking her of the habit now. She has started losing her teeth and I told her that if she keeps sucking her thumb, her 'grown up' teeth will come through and stick out at the front. This has seemed to work......plus bribery hehe I was determined when she was a baby to let her have a dummy (pacifier), but after a while she refused to take it and sucked her thumb instead. Afterall, it is a natural instinct from in the womb for a baby to suck it's thumb. I also found that the more I told my daughter to take her thumb out of her mouth, the more she would suck it. It's a comforting thing. I would just leave you daughter for now. She has decided that she prefers her thumb over a dummy and there is nothing you can do to change that.
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yeh thats what im saying i dont choose the thumb over the pasi... she has lol. And now when i give her the pasi she wants NOTHING to do with it. So how long should i leave her? until which age?
@missytia (387)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
I wouldn't really worry about it until she starts losing her baby teeth and getting her adult teeth. If you can try and encourage her to stop before then, then that's good but the more you force it,the more likely she is to turn to it for comfort.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
26 Jan 07
ok Thanks for the tips.
@Bee1955 (3884)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Inshallah take it from someone who had a thumb-sucking younger sister addicted all her life. It will affect her upper and lower jaw formation, pushes out her front teeth (buck teeth), her thumb becomes an odd shape as opposed to the other. Her thumb's skin will be alligator-like as she gets older. SHe'll be teased by others because she'll automatically suck her thumb from habit and not realize it and still does. My experienced 50 yr old sister says STOP HER NOW while young and give her a pacifier instead. Oh yes, the sucking is a horrible sound to hear at night from her room - the older she gets, the louder... like an old squeaky door.
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
lol ok im going to try to stop her you make nice points shukran.
• Malaysia
25 Jan 07
that habit will make your kid's tooth become projecting. So its better try to stop him now with best way you have.
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@cherhost (1072)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Try giving her a paci. I know you think it is silly but it will be easier to break her from the paci then sucking her thumb. My sister is 30somehting years old and every now and then she catches herself sucking her thumb. That and her teeth may suffer later down the road. Good Luck
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@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
Yes, teeth can be affected by thumb sucking
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
24 Jan 07
she use to such on a paci... but after she discovered her thumb taste better... she wants nothing to do with it.
@mdilan (803)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Assalamu Alaikum, Well I think you should stop her because this might bring denture problems in the future. I remember oneday taking my son to the Pediatrician. In my case, my son liked to have on the pacifier all the time . So the pediatrician said: "Try to take it away from him as soon as possible. Do you want meto show you picturesof some of my patients with their teeth turned forwards and up". I said: "Noooo!" I took itaway from him andhe tried to suck his fingers but Alhamdulillah he didn't keep doing it. Please stop your daughter. My suggestion is, try to put something in her finger, something that might taste funny to her.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Wa alaikum salaam shukran for the comment.
@apky12 (775)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I wouldn't stop her. I sucked my thumb when I was little and I'm not doing it now. I'm sure she'll be fine. It's a comfort and hey, I have a child that won't let go of the pacifier at night so I'm going to have to take it away soon. At least you won't have to take it away from her.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
thanks for the comment
• Canada
25 Jan 07
My son is almost 2, and he still sucks his thumb. Personally, I don't see a problem with it, but some people do. My mother thinks that he's too old to be sucking his thumb. I could care less. It makes him happy, it keeps him calm, it helps him fall asleep. Perhaps if he's still sucking his thumb when he's 3, I'll try and force him to stop, but for now, I'm just going to let him be. Think of it this way: How many kindergarteners suck their thumbs?? Not many. So don't worry about it yet. I'd say that she's still way to young to force her to stop. Besides, how are you going to explain to a 6 month old that she shouldn't be sucking her thumb? How would you stop her? It's kind of pointless.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yeh thats a good question how would i stop her anyway? I try to give her the pasi instead but she dosent want it. I can force her hand.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
25 Jan 07
It can become a bad habit but right no she is young you dont wnat her growing up doing it. I knoe som people that are 15 years old and still do it! So I can understand where your mom is coming from!
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
i had a friend shes 3 years older than me and she still sucks her thumb (shes 23) so i can understand
• United States
25 Jan 07
Ppl Always told me that baby who suck on their thunb they would have big front teeth or so but its cute for now just dont let her do it when she starts teething
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yeh thats what i figured.... let her do it now but when she get teeth if shes still doing it then i'll have to stop her. ////WOW your at 90 already keep it up (smile)\\\\
• United States
25 Jan 07
I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter went through a very breif stage of thumb sucking and never did it again. Sometimes it helps them fall asleep. :)
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yeh i didnt think it would be a habbit i couldnt break. My other daughter sucked her thumb for about 2 weeks and then she just stoped.
@superchook (1786)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
I have a son who is nearly 2 and I have just taken his dummy away. He woke up a few more times through the night for a few nights and now he is fine. It is easier to get rid of a dummy than a thumb. I always stopped my kids from sucking their thumbs because I was worried about the damage to their teeth. I don't know if thumb sucking really does cause damage or not but I just didn't want to take a risk.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Thanks for the comment. I worry about the teeth also its just that now she has no teeth so i figure let her do it.
@honeyangel (1992)
25 Jan 07
your kid is only 6 months old i say let her suck her thumb,yes it does avict teeth and she still can be sucking her thumb well later into live,i would rather it be her thumb than a paci as ive seen children about 5 yrs old still on them
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
you made a good point the pasi is just as addictive. My little sister had a HARD time trying to give that up. thanks
• United States
25 Jan 07
Right away- I think I would try to give her a pacifier because it will be much easier to get rid of later You can't get rid of her thumb, but you CAN send her pacifier to some magical places and that seems to work great for all kids! Good Luck!
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
lol yeh i started her on a pasi but she nolonger wants it. I'll put it in her mouth and she'' push it out and put her thumb in her mouth. Thanks for the comment
@UmmZahid (324)
• United States
25 Jan 07
YEA I KNOW IT IS CUTE BUT AS CUTE AS IT IS ITS NOT GOOD MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT IF YOU LET BABIES SUCK ON THEIR THUMB FOR TOO LONG(MONTHS-YEARS) IT COULD CAUSE THEIR FRONT TEETH TO STICK OUT LIKE BUCK TOOTH lol SORRY BUT ITS TRUE SO IF YOU STOP HER NOW IT WOULD BE BETTER SO SHE WONT GET INTO A BAD HABBIT OF IT , AND HAVE A HARD TIME STOPPING HER LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD!!
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
25 Jan 07
You make a good point. Thanks for the opinion
@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
That is really up to you to decide that one....but thumb sucking can be a very hard habit to break down the track. I personally preferred a dummy, it was much easier to take away when I felt they no longer needed it. If you are happy with your daughter sucking her thumb I would leave her be.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
24 Jan 07
yeh i figure for now its ok. but if it becomes a problem i'll stop it.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
25 Jan 07
It is a bad habit but right know she is young and you dont want her to get addicted to it. i still se 15 tears old doing it!
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@lazurm (11)
• United States
2 Sep 13
Me a few years ago.
I was and am, till today, very orally fixated. I smoke (constantly), bite my nails and, yes, even in my 20's still suck my thumb to the point where I have obvious bucked teeth that stick out even when I close my mouth. My parents spent years trying to stop me and I believe that, instead, their efforts ingrained my habit even more. So, if you'd ask me, I'd say leave it alone and hope that it will stop on its own. My teeth grew in that way because I had my thumb in my mouth almost all the time. I think all those efforts to stop me caused me to start smoking at 12!