View Poll Results: When do you recommend putting a lid on the thumb?
Don't let your kid thumbsuck ever 6 16.22%
Step in before the 1st birthday 4 10.81%
Sometime between the 1st and 2nd birthday 5 13.51%
Between the 2nd and 3rd birthday 9 24.32%
Between the 3rd and 4th birthday 5 13.51%
After the 4th birthday 8 21.62%
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:53 AM   #51
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Re: When to intervene with thumbsucking?

I was a thumb sucker. I sucked my thumb for YEARS! probably well into grade school. I was the only one of my 4 siblings who DIDN'T need braces. I also, like a pp, still have the instinct to suck my thumb, but I don't. My parents encouraged me not to suck, and my mom bribed me (with cpk's ) but I never did give it up until I was ready. It was my comfort.

Now my dd is a thumb sucker. She has a very obvious (and much stronger than my other kids) need to suck for comfort. She is still bf'ing at 26 months, along with her thumb.

I have no intention of stopping her completely. During the day, out in public, maybe. But not at sleep time, and not if she is clearly upset about something. She WILL stop on her own someday, and having been through what she is going through first hand, I don't want to take that away from her.


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Old 04-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #52
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Re: When to intervene with thumbsucking?

No advice on to when to intervene. Just sharing.

I'm all time telling my Sister that I'm surprised that her boys don't/didn't suck their thumbs. Their Mom (my Sister) seriously sucked her thumb till well into her 20's. Even with her retainer she wore at night after getting her braces off she'd still sucked.

Our Mom once tried some bitter tasting thumb stuff that's supposed to stop thumb sucking when my Sister was about 7. My sister just put her thumb in her mouth and said Yummy tastes like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Mom would tell my Sister to get her thumb out of her mouth but nothing more than that. Mom figured she'd quit someday. It took many yrs for that someday to come but it eventually did.

I quit sucking mine when I was about 13.
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