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January 6th, 2009, 07:11 AM
Join Date: May 2005
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I need help on how to nip this bad habit in the butt, QUICK!!
Here's a little run down...Antonio is 4 years old. He had a pacifier from birth till he was almost 3. When I was pregnant with our youngest, I did everything I could to get him off of it before Donovan was born. (Our middle son, never took a pacifier.) It took a LOT, but we finally got him to give it up with minimal crying. He hasn't had any other issues with sucking, whether with a pacifier or his fingers. I did catch him sucking his fingers once or twice within the last 6 months. I understand he's probably feeling the stress from all the moving from house to house, and finally getting settled in where we are now.
Things have evened out quite a bit now, and I haven't seen him sucking on his fingers or his thumb. That doesn't mean he doesn't do it when I'm not looking, but I don't know. This morning While I was making the boys breakfast, I told them to sit at the table and wait for me. When I brought their plates over Antonio had his elbows on the table, one hand on his chin, holding his head up. With the other hand he was sucking his thumb!!!
I gave them their plates, and said to him in a really "no big deal" kind of tone....Don't suck on your thumb, Antonio.
Kinda trying to not really draw a lot of attention to it, but still let him know not to do it. Am I making since?? LOL.

Has anyone else had any issues with thumb suckers? Any advice on how to prevent this from really becoming a problem like I had with his pacifier?
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January 6th, 2009, 07:56 AM
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I think they way you brought it up to him was a good idea. You dont want to make him feel insecure and want to do it more. I personally havent had any problems with thumbsucking. Hannah my sixth month old will sometimes get her fingers in her mouth but not much. She acutally is my first baby that takes a binky so Im sure I will be having a hard time takign that away when it comes time. Does he have anything that he can carry around or sleep with that might take place of the thumb? I t hink its a security thing since he did have the binky so long and that was taken away so he had to find something to replace it. Ive heard about putting something on their fingers to make it so they dont suck them but not sure if that quite works. Maybe you could start putting gloves on his hand so he cant suck his thumb? Im sorry I dont know much about this. Maybe one of the other ladies cna help you on it. GL!!

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January 17th, 2009, 10:16 PM
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The way you addressed it was really great.

I think what could have happened was just the timing of giving up his paci. I mean, it was gone, then all the stress? His comfort mechanism is gone, he's going to turn somewhere else.

Sam still has a paci at 3.5, but we've also found it's a self-stim mechanism for him and I'd rather deal with nasty looks about the paci than to explain arm flapping and running around in circles!

Nip the thumb-sucking now though. Unlike a paci, it cannot be taken away. My husband still rests his thumb on the roof of his mouth and it's caused irreparable damage. He snores HORRIBLY and cannot breathe through his nose, he's a total mouth breather at 35.
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