• B
  • NY, US
  • a year ago

thumb sucking

my 3 year old has recently started sucking her thumb she's never done it before, she stopped taking a binky at 6months old, but now the last month or so she's been sucking on her thumb. through out most of the day and all night I try to get her to stop but she gets very upset with me. any tips of how to get her to stop? is this normal has anyone else's child started this at a different age?
  • S
  • Brea, United States
  • a year ago

My daughter had a binky & after a point she was over a yr old so I had to brake her of it. Very difficult for a few weeks but she kinda just got over it. I’m no expert but if she started doing that all the sudden then I would question what’s changed. There is some reason she is needing that to sooth her maybe. What’s changed? Recently moved,starting daycare,school,babysitting? I think something has triggered it. She’s using it for Comfort.

  • B
  • Eagan, USA
  • a year ago

Kids suck their thumb for comfort. Did anything stressful happen or a big or small change? Dont take away her coping method, give her a new one that is better! Cuddling a toy, coloring, a blankie. My daughter never took a pacifier but now at 2.5 she found a old teether and uses it to pretend to be a baby with the "waa waa" and everything. It is her communicating she needs more cuddles that day.

  • A
  • NY, US
  • a year ago

I agree with what Brandy said! It’s a self comforting/coping method. Also worth mentioning I know a lot of people *really* value having straight teeth, but it’s not the end of the world if they don’t. They can still function perfectly fine and feel attractive as an adult (coming from a childhood thumbsucker 😉).

  • E
  • Gaithersburg, USA
  • a year ago

No. They use to take a pacifier but ditched those for their digits. Lol

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  • K
  • Phoenix, United States
  • a year ago

My oldest sister and my bf have the tendency to suck their thumb out of habit as a kid, sometimes they don't out grow it. The thing I would try is putting foods she doesn't like on her finger and she'll stop trying to suck on it. Or offer her something else she likes to distract her.

  • E
  • Gaithersburg, USA
  • a year ago

My twins are having the same problem with sucking their thumbs. I'll try the suggestions above

  • B
  • NY, US
  • a year ago

thank you all

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