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Name: Microsoft OEM Software
Country: India
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Name: hooher tod
Country: Afghanistan
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Name: dont tell me dont tell me
Country: U.S.A.
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skippy, you mention that if parents just wait it out the kids will probably quit. You haven't. Not to criticize you, I think it's the best of best. But chances are if they haven't quit by 12 they probably won't. I think parents need to love their kids no matter what quirks they have.
Name: Skippy
Country: United Kingdom
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Hi everyone. I must admit the number of older thumbsuckers out there is extremely surprising. I am 16 and also 'struggle' with this habit, for lack of a better term. My divorced parents have always been a bit peculiar about my habit. They never tried to stop me when I was younger, most likely because my mum was also a thumbsucker until the age of 13. By the time I was 14-15, they started pestering me about it, (suspiciously at the same time.) By now I think they've just given up. My 11 yr. old sister does it too, and nothing has become of it as of yet, but I'm sure something's bound to. P.S. For all you parents out there writing, concerned about your infants' thumbsucking, my advice to you is this: Leave them alone until they reach about 2 1/2-3 years old. Studies show that 85% of children have given up thumbsucking by then. Be patient and ride it out. As they say, this too shall pass.
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Country: Afghanistan
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Name: lorna
Country: United Kingdom
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hey i have read everyones views and i don't think there is anything wrong if it is'nt bothering anybody then dont worry about it im sure it will pass when you are ready
Name: sed
Country: U.S.A.
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I am a 31 years old and still put my thumb in my mouth. I am sorry but that is a serious problem. I want to stop and I am determined to start today. Is there anyone else that is willing to join me? I think that if all of us work together we can beat this habit for good.
Name: LRS
Country: usa
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Attention please, I forced my self just for one night when I was 10 and next day I was free of habit.Our face and throat muscles get adjusted within a night's time.So all of you pls.stop your habit just for one night or 2 and see the difference.Good luck.Wellwisher
Name: LRS
Country: usa
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Name: nome
Country: usa
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i am 22 years old my daugter still suks a pcifier and drinks ot of a bottle and she is 13 she does it because people make fun of her because she weighs 215 and it is my fault because i giv her the food she eats like fully fille big platd every 20 min at home
Name: blabla bla
Country: switzerland
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6 years old child sucking her thumb.how could i get rid of her thumb sucking habit.
Name: Bella
Country: usa
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I sucked my thumb for years. When I was 14 I had to get braces. $4000 dollars later I am still sucking my thumb. After braces I quit, untill I got pregnant at 22 and started again. I can't stop, and really want to. Any suggestions, please help! blkvelvet413@aol.com
Name: c
Country: Other
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I hated sucking my thumb nothing stoped me until I got braces then I stopped it just don't not feel right after I got them... My son is 21 and still sucks his thumb I wish I would have made him stop as a young one or been able to get him braces oh well
Name: stressed out husband
Country: usa
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PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
Name: stressed out husband
Country: usa
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thanks for the comment. I don't think that I want to leave her. I do love her. It's just that I want to help her come to grips with the fact that she is not a baby and will never be one again. I have tried waking her up and holding her hand in her mouth so that she knows that she is sucking on it. It doesn't really do anything to her though. It's like she wants to do it. That is the sad part. I don't know if there is soemthing wrong with our relationship or what, but I want my wife back.
Name: Guess who?
Country: usa
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If you don't like it. Tell her. You didn't hook up with her to do that stuff. At least tell her what you think and even if you want to leave her.
Name: stressed out husband
Country: usa
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My wife is 20. She sucks her thumb at night. She tells me that she wants to stop. I don't know what to do though. She looks soo pathetic when she does this. I loved her when she was acting her age. Now she wants me to diaper her, she sucks at my nipples like a baby. She wants me to bottle feed her and give her a pacifier. I don't think that this is normal in the least. What should I do. The thing is she only does this at night. She does not do any of these things or want them done to her in public or around her friends. PLEASE HELP.
Name: someone
Country: usa
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Have you parents ever thought of treating them like babies and tell them is that what you want to look like to others and is that how you want to live you life? Thumb sucking is a bad habbit. If it keeps going on after they get married, don't you think that it will cause some problems with the relationship. The spouce will think that they married a baby and might eventually want to divorce them. Why not try to help them now so that things like that don't occur.
Name: annon
Country: usa
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Yeh for Esther!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Esther
Country: new zealand
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I am 14 and I recently stopped sucking my thumb after several unsuccessful tries. What I did was type a loose hair tie to my thumb so if I ever put mt thumb in my mouth subconsciously I would have the hair tie there to remind me. The first two times I tried it I just got so frustrated and kept sucking my thumb and then one day I didn't want my teeth to get any more crooked and just yesterday I stopped putting the hair tie on my thumb and I don't have the urge to suck it any more~
Name: Talula Rose
Country: canada
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I'm 12 and i still suck my thumb, but now i feel much better about it because i know now there are alot of people who have the same problem. thank you, now i have the courage to stop!
Name: ashley
Country: usa
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hi my name is Ashley im 16 and i suck my thumb. i only do it in the house so dont think itsa a really big deal i dont not have messed up teeth and no winkly thumb either! but yes i do wish my parents did something better then just slap my thumb and tell me no when i sucked my thumb!!
Name: Elizabeth
Country: usa
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I suck my thumb all the time! Im 12 and parents realy want me to get braces.But I cant stop! I have this pillow that I had since I was 1 so its special to me!I suck my thumb whenever I can so it hard to stop.my bottom teeth are pushed in and thats why I need braces!on my pillow theres this one spot that I love to sniff! you probley think Im wierd!if you have suggestians contact me at angel2100@comcast.net.
Name: Elizabeth
Country: usa
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I suck my thumb all the time! Im 12 and parents realy want me to get braces.But I cant stop! I have this pillow that I had since I was 1 so its special to me!I suck my thumb whenever I can so it hard to stop.my bottom teeth are pushed in and thats why I need braces!on my pillow theres this one spot that I love to sniff! you probley think Im wierd!if you have suggestians contact me at angel2100@comcast.net.
Name: ~*~*~*~
Country: usa
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Im 12 years old and i still suck my thumb! i want to stop so i can do sleepovers with my friends. i have this blanket that i suck my thumb while smelling it. its a horrible habit and id like to stop! sum1 help!
Name: sharron
Country: usa
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Hey Ya all, I am 18 years old and I am a thumbsucker,I am not proud of it but like you all said it brings comfort and I cant sleep without it! I do however have a slight over-bite but nothing serios and I also dont think its from sucking my thumb because my dad has an over-bite much worse than mine and didnt even suck his thumb. And my mom on the other hand sucked her thumb untill she started smoking (18yrs)and she has perfect teeth so I agree that the over bit has something to do with how you position your thumb and how hard you push. Becasue sometimes I can feel this pressure on my teeth wen I wake up and I just push them really hard. I have never been teased or riducled for sucking my teeth my anyone. MY family doesnt care and I dont care. I love it!
Name: tom
Country: usa
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Good luck tish!
Name: Tish
Country: usa
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I finally got braces... this very second. I have been sucking my finger for 29 years. Hope I will be able to stop after today.
Name: Bindiya
Country: united kingdom
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My little girl got into habbit of thumb sucking when she was 3 months. i wasn't bothered too much that time as i thought its just a comfort and instead of having dummy its better if she finds comfort sucking her thumb. she is now 11 months and she sucks her thumb only at night and i am really very much worried about her. She keeps sucking her thumb more or less whole night.I try to take her thumb out of her mouth but after a while she puts her thumb back in her mouth. She is bottle feed baby and when i see her restless and sucking her thumb i just feed her at night and then she seems quite settled for hour and so. I am getting worried as this might affect her teething. Can anyone suggest me how i can get rid of her habbit; pls email me at bindiya@onetel.com
Name: Morgan Knowlton
Country: usa
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I just turned 13 years old and I still suck my finger. I wish I could stop because it's so embarssing whenever my friends come over. And I don't want to be sucking myfinger till' the day i die so I want to make these teeage years good ones So if you could plz email me at mmstigergurl92@yahoo.com to give me some tips plz..I really need it. thanks.
Name: Brandi
Country: usa
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I am 14 years old.. I still suck my thumb.. It just make me feel so much confortbale. My parents and my family tell me to stop all the time.. and it gets really annoying. becuase It reallives a lot of stress or stuff that I do not like. My parents only say NO BRANDI when i am sucking my thumb. but i cant stop. i have been sucking my thumb since I was born.. my uncle sucked his thumb till the day he died.. are they gunna put thumb sucker on my grave? I am soo embarrased of my thumb sucking somtiems. I need a treatment. I cant go to the dentist because we do not have dental insurance.. 3 of my friends know that I suck my thumb.. but I dont want them to tell anybdoy. even if we are fighting.. help e-mail me brandi_snyder@hotmail.com to help me find a way. thanksz
Name: lilou
Country: mauritius
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heho.am 19 and i still suck my thumb.my story is just same as all yours.parents made their best to make me stop.think that my worse experience was wen mum made me put dad's sock(the one he wore a whole day) onto my hand so that i stop. anyway,maybe we are different.sucking our thumb is like a support.am not saying we should be proud but yet,it doesnot mean we have to get unhappy and should hate ourselves for it. i find that those who suck their thumb are cute and their teeth are beautiful.it helped us to have a smile which is different from others.me would have liked to have friends who suck their thumb. >craze_moi@yahoo.com< LONG LIVE THUMB SUCKERS.
Name: tom
Country: usa
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Good luck Britta
Name: britta reed
Country: usa
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i am 11 yrs. old i suck my two middle fingers. i will be 12 july 9,2005. i used to suck my right hand until i started to learn how to write. now i suck my left hand . i have tried everything from my mom to a pillow case. so to all you thumb and finger suckers i know it gets annoying when people ask you why you still suck your fingers it can some times even be a little emmbarrasing. so my mom keeps telling me i am going to have messed up teeth. btu i said mom i can just get braces, well was i wrong you see i just found out that you casnt get braces with your fingers constaqntly in your mouth. it will just make it even worst. so i have decided i will do what ever it takes to stop sucking my fingers so i can get braces and go back to regular teeth. so then i can share my story with you guys.
Name: caesar
Country: bangladesh
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I am 25 and a journalist. I sucked my thumb almost whole year. my junior sister who is almost 18 does it also. becoz of this habit I think I am not normal
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Marii, yu could try it one more time. But if it makes you feel good just accept it. tom
Name: Marii
Country: usa
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I just turned 13 yesterday and I STILL suck my thumb! It's embarrasing even though I only do it at home because no my nail is like, dead and my finger is all wrinkly! Luckily, people don't notice it and my teeth are like, perfect, but still. I wish my parents would have done somthing other than just say no. They could have put a bitter solution on my thumb or somthing. I almost stopped last year, but then all these really bad things started happening in my life and I started again...evil crises
Name: John
Country: usa
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Hi everyone I'm 25 and I sucked my thumb from the day I was born when the doctor put it in my mouth (to make me stop crying, common thing unfortunately) till I was around 15 or so ... PLEASE !!!!! If you don't want seriously crooked teeth then STOP, just stop.. theres no magic cure, but once you realize how your bad you teeth are being affected , you will stop. My bottom teeth are pushed inward from 15 years of thumb sucking and my tounge doesnt fall correctly, my teeth are in pain from my tounge pushing them out. You have been warned! PLEASE stop you or your kids from sucking on their thumb/fingers!
Name: Hakeem
Country: india
Comment:
I wet myself.
Name: Petar
Country: usa
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Hi. I stopped sucking my thumb, but for a while now, I've noticed I have a wart or like a bump on my thumb. Does anyone know how to get rid of it? Please email me - Petarcale24@yahoo.com
Name: pier
Country: usa
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hi my teacher is complainig y i suck my thumb he thinks thats it helps if he tells me to stop but it realy dosent, i am in class now.congratulations to peeps who suck there thumb my teacher caruso is a HATER.
Name: angie
Country: usa
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I am 13 yrs old and still suck my thumb and aint nobody going to stop me my mama tells me to stop but its addictive
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Malaika, i feel like a hypocrite but maybe you could tell him to go to his room and do it when he sucks his thumb in front of you. Then if he didn't want to go to his room he could at least put off his sucking for a little bit and then eventually stop. Hope this helps.
Name: Malaika
Country: canada
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My 16 year old brother still sucks his thumb comfortably in front of me and our parents. He has the self-control to resist at school or ANY other social situation, but I do not understand why he cannot resist this habit at home. He does it to relax and fall asleep or while he's watching TV or studying. PLEASE give us some advice on how to stop this habit. He would appreciate it as well because he feels much internal shame and low self-confidence.
Name: Christel
Country: usa
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Hey to all you finger suckers. I have a little sister who is 11. She has sucked her two middle fingers all her life. And my whole life i have tried to get her to stop. As an older sister i care about her yrs. ahead. She already gets name called and her teeth are atrocious. I have tried warning her about what could happen. Coming to her on a level you can relate to. I tried repeatedly telling her to stop whenever i saw or heard it. I then got frustrated,nothing was working, so i started making fun of her. Thinking, she looks up to me, she stop if i think its gross. Well, she just stoped doing it infront of me. Looking at all the entrees im scared she wont stop. I want her to be happy. She is not a skinny kid and she doesnt need to get rejected for something else as well. I leave her alone about it now, but is that the best thing? What do i do?
Name: m.yahya
Country: other
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i am 29 years old and still suck my thumb.when i come home after work and having lot of stress and mental pain,i do it.i feel very self pitty on me thinking i am only person in the world doing it.this obviously creates mental frustration.i feel ashamed.i do it in privacy and i neither do not quit it not anymore enjoy it because of the feeling shame about it.it is relaxing to know that a lot of people from developed countries of much mature ages still do it.i hopoe we all here come to some conclusion that is this a bad habit or it is just a harmless habit but only a little rare.
Name: Karl
Country: england
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I have sucked my thumb for as lnog as i can remember, My family are always bugging me to stop. I feel uncomfortable when donig it infront of others (even my family. I dont really do it often only when watching TV, or sleeping. I have missed out of many school outings because i'm ashamed of my habit and that people will find out. Myt best friend knows and thats only becuse they caught me doing it. Even now when im typing this i'm having little breaks to have a quick suck. On a god note my teeth are slightly out of place but nothing terriable. I must say it is good to understand that i am not the only one, and that i am not the oldest sucker about. If anyone wishes to talk about it, or even has any ideas in how to stop, or help stop you can emial me. Thanks karl_ti@ntlworld.com
Name: Dolores
Country: england
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I have sucked my thumb for as long as I can remember, and I am now 33. I dont think that I will ever stop, eventhough I work as a teaching assistant and have been caught out from time to time, even by students. Even in public the thumb goes in, and I find myself holding my earlobe with the other hand, subconciously, wether it be on the bus or in a bar! sometimes if I am having a stessful day at work, I will take 5 and sit on the loo and have a quik thumb suck! It sounds sad I know but you thumb suckers will understand the great comfort I get from this. If someone tells me to take my thumb out of my mouth It really annoys me! Its my thumb if you dont like it dony look! so to all thumb suckers suck on, why should we stop? 1 good reason (maybe 2) bad morning breath, and buck teeth which I dont have.
Name: Some-one
Country: other
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HOW DO WE STOP SUCKING OUR THUMBS? THAT IS WHY WE ENTER THESE THINGS IS TO FIND OUT AND I AM FINDING OUT NOTHING??? SOME ONE TELL ME HOW HOW HOW!!!
Name: unkown
Country: other
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how do i stop sucking my thumb? and will my teath grow back strait again if i do? WHO WILL TELL US HOW TO STOP SUCKING OUR THUMBS ALREADY??? >:(
Name: Char
Country: usa
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I am 48 and still sucking my pointing finger. I sucked my thumb as a child and my father made a big deal of it, took me to orthodontist who made me look in a mirror and told me how stupid I looked and said I was going to stop. They wrapped my thumb in gauze and put pepper juice on it. Well, I did stop sucking my thumb, but I started sucking my finger. I stopped when I was 11. When I was 20, I found out my mother was dying of cancer and I was pregnant with my first child. It was all too much for me to handle without something to sooth me, so I started sucking my finger again. It brings such great comfort and it isn't hurting anyone, so what's the big deal. I have since found that there are a lot of adult thumb and finger suckers in my family. Some don't care who see them. I am still too embarrassed to do it in front of non family members, but immediate family all know and could care less. Just thought you might be interested in my story. :)
Name: help
Country: usa
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I AM 14 YEARS OLD AND I SUCK MY FINGER!!! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO IF U HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE PLEASE EMAIL ME ON HOW TO STOP AT XOBABYGIRL096XO@AOL.COM NOTHING CAN MAKE ME STOP IT IS SO HARD TO STOP!!! PLEASSSEE HELP
Name: Tom
Country: usa
Comment:
That's how you feel. There are many who still struggle with it.
Name: larree
Country: usa
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i jsut wanna say that like alomst everything in your life you could possibly do, if u make a big deal out of thumbsucking, so will others. thumbsucking is the habitual equivalent to a nervous twitch or a person jitttering their leg when they sit. its just a habit and nobody should care. grow up and learn to do what you wanna do, dont think its wrong just bc its not common. i suck my thumb, she twirls her hair and we all get along fine.
Name: Meghan
Country: usa
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I am 17 and I always thought I was the only teenager in the world who still sucked their thumb. But then I met my friend Larree and she sucks her thumb more than I do. I don't think it is a big deal as long as you don't do it in public. I still sleep with my baby blanket, too. The only weird thing is my thumb grew for some reason and now it is bigger than my other thumb and oddly shaped.
Name: Jessie
Country: usa
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I just got braces at 32 years old. I Sucked my thumb until the day I got them. I never tried to stop, I never thought I could. But I just did,I stopped. I miss it sometimes, but I won't go back. My teeth weren't as screwed up in my early to mid 20's, so be careful if you like straight teeth! It gets worse as the years go by! I'm glad I am finally going to get smile I never had! You'll only stop when you really want to. I don't think sucking is a bad thing, as long as you don't mind your teeth being screwed up. That's the only downfall as far as I am concerned.
Name: annon
Country: usa
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to kristine, i wish i could stop today. the reason your teeth are ok is probably just luck. i dont think pushing them for a minute is the reason there ok.
Name: Kristine
Country: usa
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I am 26 years old and suck my thumb every day. My parents and siblings wanted me to quit when I was young but I wouldn't. They would make me feel horrible. Ever since i have been an adult and have lived alone I suck my thumb whenever I want. I love it. For those of you who are trying to stop sucking i think you should consider not stopping. What is the big deal if you suck? It is relaxing. As far as your teeth are concerned, every time you are done sucking push down on your teeth for about a minute. I have done this for years and I never had braces and my teeth are straight. There are so many horrible things a person can do. So why not be happy and suck away.
Name: Anon
Country: usa
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Steph, i know what you mean. it is the hardest thing for me to stop and can't. not sure if you've tried this but you might try wearing a glove on the hand you suck. good luck!
Name: Steph
Country: usa
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I hate it that I can't quit sucking my thumb. I have tried everything but it is my security blanket. I wish my parents would of stopped me when I was a kid. Its not like I can tell people about this yet my whole family knows and makes fun of me. I need to quit before I am 20. I only have a few months to go.
Name: s
Country: canada
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honestly i love sucking my thumb and u know what my teeth look great if u guys dont find anything wronge with the sucking party just hate the teeth part get a permanent brace on th e back of your teeth its about 200-300 dollars and it will stop your teeth from spreading or u can get a retainer which is about 700 and wear it as much as u can .....at my high school there was like five people who i knew who sucked their thums and they really didnt care much about it..... but the reason i think i havent stoped is that my parents thought i would do it on my own....... dont think that..... if i child lieks something and doesnt think its wronge theyll do it... so dont tell them its wroneg tell them what could happen to them if they keep doing it .... dont make up stories.. i remember how my parents use to tell me that my thumb would become like a big ball or that i would get reallly sick form it... and so on.. tell the truth...
Name: Tammy
Country: usa
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Hi, I'm a married 36yr. old women with 3 children. My oldest is 18yr old and my youngest is 4yr old,none of them suck their thumb. They tell me to quit! I can't!
Name: eva
Country: usa
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umm hi.. well see, the thing is that.. i've been sucking my thumb ever since i could remember. then i quit for about a year and then my family moved and i started again. ever since then.. i've been trying so hard to quit but i can't. i want so bad to quit because i'm 14 going on 15 and a lot of people say i'm pretty but my teeth have a sort of arc to them thats been caused by my thumbsucking. now to mention the fact that i'm getting braces soon for my overbite.. i feel really insecure and noone knows i still do it but me. i don't do it at school or in public. only when i'm in bed or alone. but it's almost like its addictive. and i wish there was something i could do. because i want to be confident and be able to smile big without someone asking me what happened to my front teeth. it's really embarrasing because no lie really fits and i can't tell the truth. what should i do? if you have any suggestions.. email me at aepjbf4evr@hotmail.com or instant message me on aol. my screenname is oObabigurl369Oo
Name: Michelle
Country: india
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Though I was told, when very young, about how my thumb sucking could affect my teeth I didn't care. In fact, I pushed harder since I wanted my teeth out of the way and my mouth made for my wonderful habit. I got my wish and now I can put my thumb in my mouth with hardly any effort in opening it. My thumb comforts me a lot and so I don't really care how my teeth look. Thumb Sucking is GREAT!!
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Babygirl, you might try wearing retainer. I've heard people who suck their thumb before while they have braces wore a retainer afterward and it helped them not suck their thumb. But I haven't tried it so I don't know. I wish you good luck! I've tried without luck.
Name: babygirl11920
Country: usa
Comment:
hey i am 20 and i want to stop sucking my thumb and i am getting married next year can u tell me how to stop please
Name: hey
Country: canada
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i want to know how to break the habit not hear all these freaks that do it
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Leighton, dont stress to much. I know how hard it is. I've tried a few times to and its really hard to do. Your not alone.
Name: Leighton p
Country: usa
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hi i am 15 and i still suck my thumb but i have treid but nothing worked!! i have been so upset i cant do it any more i ned help plez!!1
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Aparna, Just let her be. Unless there is some dental problem let her be
Name: aparna
Country: india
Comment:
my daughter sucks her middle finger and ring finger.some people say this might not cause teeth deformation.is it true? shall i leave her stay like this..will there be any problem.?help..
Name: tom
Country: india
Comment:
I've heard that there are people with an addictive personality but I'm not sure that explains thumbsucking or anything. I think people are attached to different smells or sounds. If you want to stop you might try replacing what your doing with something else. Quitting isn't always possible though. I should know, I've tried but other than for a brief amount of time I haven't been able to stop.
Name: Efablanky
Country: usa
Comment:
just wanted to say that I don't suck my thumb, but am a blanky smeller and a tounge sucker. I'm 23 and I want to stop...don't like it. Is there any reason why I would be a tounge/blanky sucker and smeller. Is it true about the addictive personality???? Someone answer me please.
Name: Mrinal
Country: india
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My daughter is 2 yrs. old. she has developed this habbit sice she was 5 mths old. I keep her in crech. She sucks her thumb continuously even if she is watching tv, playing, after having food. How shall I stop this habbit of hers.
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Seema Let her suck her thumb, at least for now. 2 and a half is too early to be trying to stop someone from sucking their thumb.
Name: seema
Country: india
Comment:
My daughter is nearly 2 1/2 yrs old but she will suck her thumb whenever she is alone and before going to sleep. Any suggestion?
Name: Jones
Country: usa
Comment:
When you mention age, you state at age six or at age three. Do you mean years or months? Thanks,
Name: Tom
Country: usa
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Desperate: You might try wearing a wool glove or to put some ungodly stuff on your thumb. I think stopping depends on the right thing and right time. I'd like to know if anything works for you. I haven't been able to stop. Good luck!
Name: desperate
Country: canada
Comment:
Hi everyone, I know how you feel. I am 31 and still thumb sucking. Any suggestions??
Name: Cassi
Country: usa
Comment:
Hi, I am 13 years old and I still suck my pointer FINGER not my thumb. I can't stop, and nothing is gonna make me stop, i am not allowed o suck my finger so when my mom catches me I am automaticlly grounded so i just do it alone in my room and when i go to bed at night!!! i swear nothing can make me stop!! i need a suggestion. EMAIL me at OCTOBERDANCER105@aol.com maybe u can help
Name: annonymous
Country: usa
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Just a suggestion(since I haven't been able to stop) but you might try just going a little by little. If you use your binkie to get to sleep try waiting a half hour or so before you use it. Try to make it a little longer each night. Good luck!
Name: alli
Country: usa
Comment:
hi i'm twenty and i still use rubbie (blankie) and a binkie (pacifier) to fall asleep or just relax. I take my binkie everywhere but it stays in my bag it makes me feel good knowing it's there. Can someone help me stop using it.
Name: Ashley
Country: usa
Comment:
I used to suck my thumb but now i have warts on my thumb does ne 1 know how to get rid of them i am 12 years old please help e-mail me @ l3eautiful2010@sbcglobal.net
Name: Bunnie 5!3
Country: usa
Comment:
I've been sucking my thumb every since my ma shoved in there to keep me from talking i quit only in the summer and when i go to bed but now i got da habbit to do it at school I'm 15 and driving and still suck my thumb i no Sad .. BUT SORRY 2 SAY WE THUMBS SUCKERS CANT STOP i no i cant s good luck yall
Name: annon
Country: usa
Comment:
I'm 16 years old and for me the hardest thing for me isn't stopping but not starting again. I had stopped for almoxt a year last year and something happened and just started sucking my thumb again little by little until I now am sucking my thumb more than before.
Name: Te'a Terry HELP!!
Country: usa
Comment:
I came out of my moms stomache sucking my thumb and know its hard to stop sucking my thumb. I'v tried to stop sucking my thumb but I just can't help it it's a habit my parents thinks there he's something wrong with me. I am 13 years old steal sucking my thumb my teeth are starting to stick out and I don't want that to happen some people say that braces would do the trick but my parents say that its to much money I need to stop on my own. So for all you people that wants to stop sucking ur thumb don't give up just pray to GOD and i'll make it work and just keep trying to stop on day your going to be so happy that you stop sucking your thumb. Good Bless and Good Luck.
Name: tanavi
Country: india
Comment:
i enjoy sucking my thumb and mostly in front of my mom aunts cousin sister and her baby husband and baby tvin cousin brothers my younger auntie takes me out in a pram with her baby we enjoy ourselves and hug kiss and suck each others thumbs
Name: chaya
Country: india
Comment:
i am pregnant with my 3rd child and my teenage daughter and son sucktheirthumbsand expect metobreastfeedthem
Name: Ben Jen
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 14 going onto 15, I still suck my thumb although I have tried 1000000 diffrent methods to help me stop.
Name: hi
Country: zambia
Comment:
i am 1 and i dont suk my thume by freks
Name: annon
Country: usa
Comment:
Brandi, just a suggestion/ question? Have you thought of/tried getting rid of the flannel?
Name: Brandi
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 20 years old and I still suck my thumb, I was born with a blister on my thumb and it is so hard to quit sucking my thumb. It seems the only time I suck my thumb is when I have my flannel around me. I have tried everything and so has my family. I had braces, but I got them off a year ago and I am still sucking my thumb, it aggrivates me. Grr! Thank you for listening.
Name: Ben AFFLECKER
Country: usa
Comment:
HI I AM 78 AND CAN'T STOP CAN YOU HELP EM
Name: Mrs Sudha Halgekar
Country: india
Comment:
my brother is about 39 years old as my mom loved him she breastfed him regularly and encouraged him to suck his thumb today i breastfeed him and even offer my thumb to suck he feels safe relaxed and happy however grown up he is still a newborn baby to me
Name: Margaret
Country: usa
Comment:
I'm 15 and I still suck my thumb. I only suck my thumb when I'm bored, upset, or going to bed. Also, I usually suck my thumb w/ my baby blanket.I want to stop but it's hard. I would just like to say I'm sooo glad there are other people out there, like me that still suck their thumb. It makes me feel better about and not soo ashamed.
Name: help me
Country: usa
Comment:
i am 16 years old and im gettin my braces off in 3 weeks.....but i still suck my thumb. i have been all my life but now that i am getting the braces off,i really need to stop so i dont have to get them put back on...if ANYONE has any advice at all and can help me,please e-mail me. blink182_32001@yahoo.com thank u
Name: jack
Country: usa
Comment:
I'm 38 and I still suck my thumb. It helps me digest my food, relax, and fall to sleep. My teeth are not totally straight, but they have not been effected by my thumb sucking. I guess its the way each person angles their thumb in their mouth when sucking their thumb.
Name: jack
Country: usa
Comment:
I'm 38 and I still suck my thumb. It helps me digest my food, relax, and fall to sleep. My teeth are no totally straight, but they have not been effected by my thumb sucking. I guess its the way each person angles their thumb in their mouth when sucking their thumb.
Name: annon
Country: usa
Comment:
to What do ya'll think: I would say(speaking from experience)that the reason you suck your thumb right after you have a fight with your mom is/might be because you're stressed out and sucking your thumb calms you down. If you aren't doing it all the time I wouldn't worry about it.
Name: I NEED HELP!!!
Country: usa
Comment:
HELP! I have a 15 1/2 year old that still sucks her thumb!!! She stoped awile ago but for somereason she has started up again in the last 3 years. I dont know why but she just has. She does not do it all the time its really only when she is really upset or just having a bad day. I have doen everthing to try to get her to stop but it only seems to be making the promble worse. what should i do??? should i just let it go away on its own or should i do more??? HELP!!
Name: what do ya'll think?
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 16, I stoped sucking my thumb when i was 9 then when I turned 11 i started again. I dont do it all the time but i find myself doing it after i have a big fight with my mom or when I am just really upset i dont know why i do this I mean me and my mom have never really gotten along but for and i never use to do it after a fight but for somereason i just started again. does anyone know why this is?? cuz i really wanna find out why so i can stop
Name: Krystal Roberts Thumbsucker Lips
Country: usa
Comment:
I suck my all the time and I like it im 11 years old when I grow up I plain to be a pro.thumbsucker it's so good there's nothing like it so don't knock it till you suck one. just don't forget to wash your hand's after takeing a dump it taste nasty if you do.I tryed to suck my toe but it taste like toe jam and I had gym shoe breath and no one liked it but me.If you can help me let me know Thumbsucker Lips
Name: kaycee
Country: usa
Comment:
im 23 and still suck my thumb is there a way i can stop i need help
Name: JUNO
Country: india
Comment:
I am a 17 years of age and the girl that I am with sucks her fingers not just her thumb.I tried every thing that I possibly could to help but she is addicted to thumb sucking.
Name: tsimm
Country: canada
Comment:
You're so right crystal. We have to WANT to stop. No one came make you. You said you could stop if you wanted to. Until you quit if only for a short period of time though you'll never know. Whatever you choose for you is fine.
Name: annon
Country: usa
Comment:
Crystal, Good for you.
Name: crystal
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 17 years old and i still suck my thumb and mom have try to stop me to but if i want to stop i think i could stop if i want to know one can stop me.
Name: happy
Country: usa
Comment:
My dad used to slap my thumb out of my mouth when I would least expect it. I'm 38 and still suck my thumb in private and at night. My Significant Other knows. It's no big deal. I NEVER punished my son. Just told him after awhile, it could mess up his teeth. I never sucked my thumb in front of him. He just grew out of it. I think the more a child is punished (FOR DOING WHAT IS NATURAL), the more they hang onto it. If you make it no big deal, it's no big deal. The worst that could happen is they grow up to be closet thumbsuckers like us. Big deal! ;)
Name: annon
Country: usa
Comment:
Try wearing a wool glove on the hand you suck at night. Try attaching it so you can't pull it off in your sleep. If you really want to stop it's worth a try. Good luck!
Name: Tanya
Country: usa
Comment:
Hi,i suck my thumb every night and i am 12 yrs old only and i want to STOP very bad.
Name: Donna Jo
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 27 years old and suck my thumb every night.I have done so for as long as I can remember. I find myself doing it more when I am upset or not feeling well. My fiance thinks it is addorable. My only concern is that my now 7 month old son sucks his as well. How can I get him to stop when I can't give it up myself.
Name: annon
Country: usa
Comment:
to rednblackbracelets: As for ideas, it depends on when and how much you suck your thumb. If you just suck at night then a glove (firmly attached)MIGHT help. If you suck during the day you also might try using the glove and/or try cutting down little by little. Like, try going without sucking for a half hour for one day during the week and keep adding to that. Just to mention, the glove didn't work for me but everyone's different. Good luck!
Name: rednblackbracelets
Country: usa
Comment:
i am 13 years old. I have a majory habit of sucking my thumb i have done it for like, forever. I wish I could stop. So if any one has any ideas, it sure would help. thank you!
Name: G
Country: usa
Comment:
I am glad to hear other people have the same habit I do. I am 30, always thought something was wrong with me. Now I know other people have the habit to.
Name: ctc
Country: singapore
Comment:
my mom love pacifier very much because she can feel good if she still sucking the pacifier
Name: ANGEL
Country: usa
Comment:
I am ashamed at 41 years old and sneak around all the time so know one will ever know. I read once that this is an emotional problem. I am a successful business women with a "bad habit" but it comforts me! I know there is nothing wrong with me and after reading everyones views, I wonder how many others ther are?
Name: ash
Country: india
Comment:
my baby started thumb sucking at the age of 4 months. When we tried to restrict her by bandages etc. she started to suck her toe ! but after reading this article we are allowing her to suck her thumb,
Name: Vineet
Country: india
Comment:
The article on Thumb Sucking is really well written. This must have helped many parents from preventing their little ones who have cultivated this habit.
Name: ruhee
Country: india
Comment:
very informative.pls keep up good work.I wanted some help on thumb sucking issues & I am sure it did help.Great!!!!
Name: might help
Country: usa
Comment:
Heather: You need to find an adult(or someone) that you trust and can talk with. This person can help you find ways that you might be able to stop or at least come to terms with it and accept yourself for you are (warts and all) and learn to live with your habit in the world. Best wishes for a happy life.
Name: Heather
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 13, I have been sucking my thumb for my whole life. Even thought I am embarrassed I sometimes do it at school. I get teased a lot. I feel like I am just stupid and lazy, because my dad says I don't try hard enough. I don't know what to do about it and I am afraid my friends will tell my crush and then I will never be anything to anybody again. What should I do?
Name: Fransis
Country: usa
Comment:
I have been sucking my thumb my whole life and i am 20. My parents have always tried to make me quit, but i just love it too much. No one knows but them (cuz they catch me once in a while which i am sooo ashamed of) and i would just like some reasurment from others like me that it can be accepted by ppl, espesially boyfriends or eventually my husband. My worst fear in the world is a bf catching me while im sleeping and me not being aware of it. Please give me some reasurance. I also have another question to anyone that would know: Is adult thumb sucking a sign of a addictive personality?
Name: Jennifer
Country: usa
Comment:
I'm 18 and i've been sucking my thumb since i was a baby. I wore braces and my teeth are stright now but my bite is getting bad again. My mom yells at me every time she sees me. I want to stop, but then i really love it. Makes me feel better when nothing else can. If any one reads this and knows how i feel or has some suggestions please let me know. e mail me at jennrose8526@aol.com
Name: Linci
Country: usa
Comment:
I have sucked my thumb since I can remember, I am now 26. Its just a habit that is very soothing and comforting. My husband doesnt care he thinks its cute. My oldest daughter is four and I had her stop sucking her pacifier, because it was starting to effect her bite. It broke my heart, because I know she loved sucking it,as much as I love sucking my thumb! But she didnt even really care, I bribed her with a doll! :) But I dont know whats going to happen when my girls are older and what if they tell thier friends that thier mommy sucks her thumb. As I get older though I can see myself not caring what poeple think, so maybe if it comes to that, Ill be like, yeah, so what? At least its a better habit than smoking or something, its not hazzardous to my health! Poeple know that I still have my favorite stuffed animal, but Im sure all my family and close friends think I have longed stopped the thumbsucking that accompanies it. I dont think there is anything wrong with it, unless its messing with your childs teeth (thankfully mine are fine). I probably would have never had my daughter quite if I hadnt seen what it was doing to her teeth, because I see the satisfaction she had from it, just the same as my thumbsucking. A warm fuzzy feeling.
Name: Becky
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 24 years old and have been sucking my thumb as long. I'm tired of struggling with this and my husband hates it. I want to stop but everytime I'm tired or upset I cannot help myself. My daughter who is almost three is always telling me to stop I am so embarrassed.
Name: Vidya
Country: india
Comment:
I guess the best way to get the baby out of this habit is just by distracting the baby. Sing a song or play a game to catch the attention of the baby, and slowly remove the finger without ur baby even realising it. forcebly pulling the baby's finger out of his mouth never helps.
Name: Amber
Country: australia
Comment:
i am 7 years old and have sucked my 2 middle fingers since i was born. Mum tells me to stop but i can't. i think it is a bad habit but mum says not to worry. i did not know how many people sucked their fingers.
Name: ANA
Country: dubai
Comment:
My 4mths old son sucks his thumb evenif his is not hungry. It started when he was just 8days old. Sometimes also trying to suck his lower lip. I had a habit of sucking lower lip too,until I was 18 after which I was ashamed and cut down with it. My younger sister who is 18 now sucks her thumb too. I'm very much afraid that my son may develop to any of these bad habits. I was always after him putting mittens, tying hands with bib,removes every time he put.I shall try my level best to stop him from developing these habits by distracting him with toys.
Name: anonymous
Country: usa
Comment:
I am 28 years old, and I have been sucking my index finger for as long as I can remember. I wore braces for 3 1/2 years in my early teens and my teeth are still straight. I suck my finger most when I am upset or tired and have a hard time falling asleep without it. It doesn't hurt anything and most of my friends know about it and all of my family knows. They tease me about it, but it is all in good fun and it doesn't bother me. I used to worry about it - that I was getting way too old for this behavior, but I think now I have just accepted it. It is a part of me and as I have read that finger or thumb sucking lowers your heart rate and is like a form of medition, then there is no harm in it and possibly some good.
Name: Sylena Matthews
Country: england
Comment:
Is it ok to punish a child for sucking his/her finger. I really would like to know.
Name: Jannette Mott
Country: other
Comment:
My daughter has been sucking her thumb from she was 1 month and now she's 6 years old.My husband sents her to her room whenever she sucks,she always cries. Is this appropriate?or would this have an effect on her.I am totally against this.
Name: EAP
Country: usa
Comment:
I ran across this website during my attempts to stop: very good information, and I recommend all who do such their thumb to go there, and all who are worried about it to go there too. Parents worried about your children: there are two important things to consider. A) Sucking one's thumb is the best stress relief, and will usually benefit the child, unless.... B) he/she is ridiculed, either by you, his/her parents, or family or friends, which will result in a guilty/emotionally unstable person, which is very dangerous. Please consider your actions completely.
Name: emma
Country: usa
Comment:
i am almost 17 years old ahve been sucking my thumb is the begining. for all you worried mothers most kids stop sucking thier thumb by the age of 4. so if your child is sucking their thumb at 11 months old you shouldnt worry. i have no teeth problems and i do it with a sheep skin. i love it and i suck either one of my thumbs. only my dad knows i do it. im sick of you mothers who are complaining aobut your childs thumb sucking when they are only a few months old. wait and see if they out grow it. i didnt but thats doesnt mean oyur child wont.
Name: england
Country: england
Comment:
This is 4 afraid in usa. I am getting braces soon and i sucked my thumb and my dentist told me that if i sucked my thumb during treatment it wouldnt work. So dont spoil it think about having lovely teeth for the rest of ur life. Thats why i have stopped because im thinking of the nice teeth in the end.It is hard to forget about sucking ur thumb but i just keep my mind occupied with other things. My dentist said also said after the treatment if i sucked my thumb again my teeth would relapse so sucking my thumb is not worth it! so try and stop. Good Luck
Name: affraid
Country: usa
Comment:
hi im 11 and i suck my thumb and im getting braces and i was wondering if they help if you still suck your thumb
Name: I-sha
Country: other
Comment:
My 6 month old baby has been sucking three, sometimes four fingers for the past month or so. He is a very happy and content baby during the day but insists on feeding at short intervals during the night. Could the constant night feeding and fingersucking be related? His weight gain is better than average.
Name: ??
Country: usa
Comment:
Im 14 and have been sucking my thumb since I was born In private when im alone My family knows and have always told me to stop I don't think I ever will I can but I don't want to It gives me comfort-relieves stress- I have braces but my teeth arent severly crooked and I dont have a big overbite ... Im getting them off next year and I still continue to suck my thumb I also have a blanky that ive had forever Whenever im sucking my thumb there I am with my blanky looking like a retard Ohh well I love it im happy bye!
Name: Nosucking Mom
Country: usa
Comment:
I have a 1/2 year old girl who is a constant thumb sucker. I have tried to stop her but won't fight the battle any more. I also have a six month old that I have recently stopped nursing and now she has started sucking her thumb. I try to put a pacifier in her mouth but she continues to pull it out and put her thumb in...how do I stop her before she starts???
Name: kimberly
Country: usa
Comment:
I have been sucking my thumb ever since my father left nearly 22 years ago . I am now 25 and can not stop sucking my thumb. I can not seem to fall asleep at night without doing it. It has caused my 4 year old daughter to also suck her thumb. People tell me to make her quit but I dont have the heart to since I still suck mine.
Name: Chantelle
Country: england
Comment:
Hi I am 20 years old I have been sucking my thumb since I was born I love it although I would love to stop I find it very hard, mainly because I do not want to try, I feel safe, comfortable and relaxed and it helps me sleep. I have had braces to push my teeth back and they are fine now. I am a smoker and a drinker and I find sucking my thumb stops me smoking as much as well as drinking, so thats one good thing I suppose! and my boyfriend does'nt mind, he thinks its cute!
Name: maria
Country: canada
Comment:
I am 25 years old and have sucked my thumb in private, when tired or alone since I was young. I also had a favourite blanket, and still have remnants of it that I sleep with between my fingers or toes. My family remembers this and often bring it up. They know I have my blanket remnants but think I have quit sucking my thumb. I am worried this is wrong especially now that I see my 16 month old sucking her thumb when tired and cozing up to her favourite blanket.
Name: J.Harper
Country: usa
Comment:
Im a 46 year old female and have sucked my thumb since I can remember. I was shamed and humiliated all of my young years by my Father. Today, I am successfully learning and observing life. Thumb sucking makes me feel warm, secure and peaceful when I am alone. Just think about all of the other neurotic behaviors we could own. Dear Mothers let it go, and if our children want or need this one small warmth,let them have it.
Name: Allison
Country: usa
Comment:
I actullydont suck my thumbs, i bite my nails, and it has really been bothering me andi want help, because i cant stop.
Name: G.D.
Country: canada
Comment:
Hey everyone. I am 14, and have been sucking my thumb since I was born. My teeth are perfect, I have no overbite whatsoever, and have never had braces. I think parents should just support their kids, and leave them alone unless it is causing a bad problem wich it usually doesnt. For me it's a comfort thing, and it isnt because of "insecurity" or anything like that. I am not ashamed of it, and neither are my parents. I will stop when I feel ready. For all the parents, give your little kids a break. 90% of kids will drop the habbit. Get over it and stop trying to control everything they do.
Name: Sonya
Country: usa
Comment:
I feel so much better know that I, a 34 year old woman, am not alone! My family knows that I suck my thumb and always get on me about it...my mother used to torment me about it when I was a kid and she still says nasty comments if she 'catches' me doing it. I don't know why I still do it, sometimes I find myself at work 'sneaking'a suck in. I want to quit and I know I need to and I'm sure that one day I will, but as for now, thanks for letting me know that there are others out there as well who have the same problem.
Name: James
Country: england
Comment:
I am 14 years old I suck my thumb in public and hardly know I am doing it. It is very embarrasing when everyone stares at me, some of my friends are used to the fact that I do it and have respect for me others do not. I would really like to know how to stop. Any suggestions please
Name: concerned mom
Country: usa
Comment:
i am a foster mom of identical twin boys, age 2,who both suck their thumbs constantly. they are in care due to domestic issues so at first i didnt have a concern.lately both have cheek sores because they rub their cheeks at the same time with the same hand. this is like a friction sore. we have been putting socks on those hands when sleeping and use positive reminders during the day. keeping their hands messy (painting, sandpile, bubbles)they seem to pay less attention to the thumb. also their eating habits and speech with each other and us has improved quite a bit. good luck to all!
Name: rds
Country: india
Comment:
what abt sucking 2-3 fingers at a time.is it as addictive/should be ignored/should be treated asthumbsucking?
Name: Kristin
Country: usa
Comment:
I'm almost 33 and have sucked my thumb for my whole life. After counselling for related issues for 4 months, I was encouraged to stop bashing myself for sucking my thumb. Only my immediate family knows that I do this, and that's because I told them. Anyway, because I don't put so much pressure on myself about it anymore, I hardly ever do it anymore. I'm finding satisfaction in new things in life. However, I still do enjoy a "moment" every once in awhile, and not ashamed of it either. Afterall, as my counsellor told me, there is more to me than the fact that I suck my thumb as I am discovering. :)
Name: jo
Country: england
Comment:
I am 20 and a 'secret thumb sucker' (i only do it when i'm trying to get to sleep or relaxed at home)- after reading the comments on this page I wanted to tell people what my experience of this habit is. I have always sucked my thumb when I am tired or feeling a bit upset even though my family and boyfriend have tried to stop me. I think the worst thing that you can do to a child is make a big scene and draw attention to the fact that they are sucking their thumb - it will only make them self conscious. Although some children will develop 'sticking out teeth' I can honestly say that I havent - i have never worn a brace and in fact, my dentist has always praised me on the straightness of my teeth. It makes me cross when people make such a big thing of thimb sucking because I know in my case it is something I do without really thinking about. If anyone knows the psycological reasons for thumb sucking I would be really interested - please get in contact.
Name: Mrs. Naveen Kumar
Country: dubai
Comment:
Dear everybody, It was nice reading the article. You have spared your precious moments to share your experiences with other parents. Thank you. It will be of great help for all worried parents. One can realise that these habits are not typical of their babies, but a natural phenomenon of the growing ages. God bless us all.
Name: Mrs. Kavitha Naveen
Country: dubai
Comment:
Dear everybody, It was nice reading the article. You have spared your precious moments to share your experiences with other parents. Thank you. It will be of great help for all worried parents. One can realise that these habits are not typical of their babies, but a natural phenomenon of the growing ages. God bless us all.
Name: yhtakredir
Country: usa
Comment:
My 7 year old daughter has sucked her thumb since before birth, seen on an ultrasound. Nothing seems to help.
Name: Troii
Country: usa
Comment:
Both my daughters aged 4 and 6 suck their thumbs. And it is absolutely driving me crazy. They catch colds, pinkeye, you name it, because they constantly have their thumbs in their mouths. My older daughter didn't suck her thumb until I had her sister when she was 19-months old. However, my youngest daughter sucked her thumb from day one. I am conserned that their teeth are going to be all warped. The 6-year old had lost her two front teeth and we are awaiting their return. I sincerely hope she gets over this soon.
Name: Kiara
Country: usa
Comment:
My daughter has been sucking her three middle fingers since she was 2mths. old .She is now four years old.It bothers both my wife and I.She stops when its pointed out to her, but what do you when she is asleep and has her fingers in her mouth?We are playing the waiting game.
Name: Harvey
Country: usa
Comment:
I have a site focused on adult thumbsucking. It's quite unique on the Net and VERY thorough.
Name: tanya
Country: england
Comment:
I am 30 and still suck my thumb. Only my direct family know and telling my husband to be was very difficult for me but he accepts my habit. I do not suck my thumb in public, neither do my friends know. It gives me great comfort to suck my thumb especially when tired. I did have a brace when I was a teenager and I do have a slight over bite now but there are worse things in life other than sucking your thumb.
Name: Mary
Country: usa
Comment:
An adult male I know sucks his thumb when he thinks no one is watching. Is there somthing wrong with this? I have feelings for this guy and I am concerned.
Name: chethana
Country: usa
Comment:
My son is 3months old and has started sucking his fingers, which has made me to worry a lot. When I spoke to the doctor about this, I was told it is the natural process of growth and that is how they learn the coordination between hands and mouth and I should not worry much about it. I feel when he is not given attention he resorts to this sucking and hope he gets out of this habbit very soon
Name: Jayshree
Country: england
Comment:
My son is 3months old and has been sucking his middle 2 finger or sometimes thumb since past few weeks. He is not hungry or bored as he gets attention from all of us at home and been feed regularly every 2 to 3 hours. We remove his fingers from the mouth every time he puts them in but does not seem to be working and I am worried that this will become a habit and I would rather it did not. Need help and advice on how to stop before it gets into permanent habit...? Advice at: shyamdarsh@aol.com Thanks
Name: A mother
Country: india
Comment:
Your article has been lifted straight away from kidshealth.org There is nothing that is "your own".
Name: kamal parmar
Country: india
Comment:
you should try to understand your childs feeling. never force your child to leave the habit of thumb sucking.my son jagbir is 6years old. he still sucks his thumb.let the fun flow.
Name: chhaya
Country: india
Comment:
my baby is 3months old.she sucks her thumb continously .she doesnt cry even if she is hungry.
Name: Zen
Country: india
Comment:
My son began sucking his thumb at 3 months-when I resumed my job and has not stopped sucking his thumb since. He is now 3 and 1/2. This habit really worries me as at times I see it on the upswing. It happens even when he is concentrating on something. His teeth have started sticking out quite a bit. This worries me. Doctors have asked me to leave him be but what do I do to curtail this habit. Seek advice.
Name: mira
Country: india
Comment:
it is indeed a nice article on thumb sucking. i have tried many means to disuade my son of 3 yrs old from thumbsucking but invain. in fact my son starts sucking his thumb before going to sleep. i consulted a doctor who prescribed me a medicine called " femite ". this medicine worked better. the medicine is so bitter in taste that he virtually left sucking. but it is noticed that the habit is again relapsed.
Name: priyanka
Country: india
Comment:
My younger son who is 1 1/2 years sucks his thumb whenever he is very sleepy and also when he just wans to sit with me. his upper teeth have started jutting out and i am very worried. please advise.
Name: shenaz
Country: india
Comment:
my daughter,1 yr old has been thumb sucking right from the begining.she sleeps with my mother-in-law while my 4.5 yrs son sleeps with us. she usually sucks only before sleeping.i am really worried about her teeth sticking out. please advise at saaz_tt@yahoo.com
Name: manisha
Country: usa
Comment:
my 18 month old son is sucking his thumb normally when he is sleepy. his right hand has to have my hair., but lately he uses his own hair. i really hate this habit, but i'm just being patient. he will eventually forget it. i'm just being an optimist.
Name: Priti
Country: india
Comment:
My son is 11months old. He started thumbsucking since he was 3 months old. He sucks his thumb only when he is sleepy. And before putting his thumb in his mouth he needs to hold a stuffed toy or some cloth (like his covering sheet). If he finds nothing, he will hold his T-shirt while putting his thumb in. He can get very restless if he finds nothing to hold on to. At times other than sleeping he never sucks his thumb. My niece got out of her habit when my sister tied gauze bandage around her hand tieing her thumb. This was just before she turned one year old. I would be interested to know others views on this.
Name: Vrinda
Country: india
Comment:
My daughter is 4.5 yrs and sucks her index finger. She used to suck two fingers till last year. But she got one finger injured while playing. She gave up that finger and now sucks only one finger. She does this only when she is feeling sleepy or is bored or tired and wants to just sit down quitely. She does not suck while in school. She confirms that. What will work effectively to convince her to give up the habit?
Name: V Aggarwal
Country: india
Comment:
My daughter did not such thumb for first 9 months. But started sucking her thumb at after 9 months. I am at a loss why so? She is 6 yrs. now and has not stopped. We have tried all possible things, like bitter oil/ pastes, bandages, etc, but no use. Then at 4 years of age we made her conscience that she will not be liked if she continues the habit, she responded and it worked, but only for a few months. Then she started sucking under the seets and quilts, now lately we are useing fear of injections and getting her thumb plastered from the doctor etc. I know this is not the right way to handle it. Can any one suggest something better. Pl mail at va_india@hotmail.com. Thanks.
Name: Anitha
Country: usa
Comment:
I totally disagree with one thing mentioned in the above article. If the baby needs to suck on the breast after she is full, just t osatitfy her sucking urge, the mother will end up with sore nipples. My baby is 9 days old and she has an unsatisfyable urge to suck all the time. In spite of being a strong opposer to pacifiers, I now dont mind giving my baby one to help my nipples heal so I can feed her better and end my nightmare of sore nipples.
Name: Priya
Country: india
Comment:
My 5 year old continues to suck her thumb, in fact does it all the more in front of friends. I've realised that it's a way of getting the attention that she perceives she lacks. I'm ignoring it for the moment, perhaps i'm even resigned to cosmetic dentistry!
Name: shalini vijay
Country: usa
Comment:
you wont beleive this but my son stsrted thumb sucking when he was 15 month old and he is ever been sucking it we have tried everything bandages ,biter oils, rewards everything but of no use.I
Name: Anu
Country: india
Comment:
My daughter started sucking her thumb at the age of 7 months, and she is 3 1/2 and has not stopped. We have tried all possible things, like bitter oil, bandages etc, but no use. Now i'm making her conscience that she will not be liked much if she continues the habit, not sure if this is a right way to handle it.
Name: Fatima
Country: india
Comment:
My daughter started sucking her thumb when she was 2 months old. Now she has compleded her 5 months, but stills sucks her thumb and sometimes even her fingers. Could you suggest as to how she can get rid of thumbsucking. I am a working women so also my husband. I have put my baby in a crash.
Name: sugandha
Country: india
Comment:
My baby sarted sucking her thumb when she was 4 months old. She is now 11 months old and she still sucks her thumb. I had applied a bitter solution on her thumb. Once accidently I got the taste of it and I felt so nauseous that I decided not to use it again. I try to dstract her attention by giving her some toys. I hope that her habbit will go off soon.
Name: varsha Singh
Country: usa
Comment:
My daughter started sucking thumb when she was 2 mths old and it felt "So CUTE" at that time but now she is past 5 yrs.Earlier we tried to put bandages and a bitter solution on her thumb to get rid of her habit but everything proved useless.Psychologically she is a perfact child .very outgoing and had no lack of attention from both me and my husband so it is more like a pleasure giving addictive habit. Recently we talked to her and promised her a reward if she herself controls thumb sucking.This has definitely worked and though it was very difficult for her for initial 3-4 days..she is not sucking thumb since 13 days and we think she has quite self control. We have kept a score clender and we applaude her every morning. I am sure it will take time to get rid of 5 yr old habit. One thing we would like to say that the child requires proper explaining and encouragement to give up this habit. Do not make an issue out of it.Let the child give it up on it's own.Whenever you see the child with thumb in mouth try to divert im/her into some activity which would require use of hands.And be patient.
Name: mona saha
Country: india
Comment:
A question to the readers. Is there any phsycological angle to why babies do thumb sucking? Send in your response to jaysaha@hotmail.com
Name: Gauri K
Country: india
Comment:
My daughter is 2 and a half and still sucks her thumb, which is a cause of worry to me.Do we have a concrete method of stopping her from thumb sucking ??
Name: Jaya Sahni
Country: canada
Comment:
My daughter started sucking her thumb when she was barely 2 month. She is now three years old and sucks her thumb only when she is at home. She seems to be gradually giving it up because she has started to go to school, but her teeth have started sticking out. She will have to go in for a dental treatment sonner than I would have liked.



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