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2001-08-07
Name: Sapna Patel My daughter is 14 months old and has found her thumb since she was 4 months old. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can help her stop? She sucks her thumb most when she is tired or bored.
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2003-01-27
#1
Name: Deepali
Subject:  Thumb sucking is not bad
Hi Sapna,

you have already recieved lots of response to your question. But I am surprised at the variety of answers you are getting on the subject. Well I have a 3 month old daughter who has just discovered her thumb so I asked the same question to our doctor and also I have lots of relatives who are pediatricians. all have same opinion on this and that is that thumb sucking is very very common and it is okay till the age of two years. you should keep the child busy in activities when the child is bored but never apply bitter things to thumb to stop from sucking. instead of taking thumb out of the mouth rather divert him or her into other activities. It has nothing to do with unattended child!.Hope this helps!!
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2001-11-14
#2
Name: suman
Subject:  ITs OK
Hi

I have a 8 month old who loves to suck his thumb. He sucks his thumb when he is sleepy or bored or sometimes just like that. I think its perfectly normal.
This is what my doctor told me -
when a child starts discovering his hands, he starts putting them in his mouth and starts sucking his fingers. later he discovers that sucking the thumb is pleasurable and comforts him and this becomes a habit.
Its perfectly normal. It doesn't mean that your child id neglected or unhappy. And sucking the thumb before the milk teeth fall to give way to permanent ones does not harm the teeth.
Most children give this up as they grow.
But don't encourage it and don't create the impression that its good. Always remove the thumb when you see your child sucking it and say no. BUt don't apply bitter medicine or forcefully restrain. Gentle restrain and diversion is the best method.
Hope it helps.
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2001-08-17
#3
Name: Gaja
Subject:  Thumbsucking
Hi Sapna,

Almost all children do thumb sucking. Don't worry too much on that. They will automatically stop doing that. Even my daughter does that right from 3rd month. She is 19 months now.

The concept that an unattended child, uncomfortable child, unhappy child will do thumb sucking is wrong. I request the mothers who have this idea to change their attitude.

Regards
Gaja
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2001-08-13
#4
Name: nadia
Subject:  thumb sucking
dear well i believe it's a really bad habit. try putting on some thing bitter on her hand when she is a sleep ???????? try it i hope it will work>>>>
best of luck 2 u
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2001-08-13
#5
Name: kala
Subject:  thumbsucking habbit
Child starts thumbsucking when it feels that it is unattended. Child wants to drive the attention of parents / care takers. Later it improves the upper teeth growing outwards. When the child starts breathing through his mouth, it develops lot of other dieases also.

So try to remove his hand whenever he starts. Watch when he is not sucking his thumb. Try to pay more and more attention, (max you can). Talk, Play, Teach and engage in many activities which makes them interesting.

Please remember only un attended child starts thumbsucking.
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2001-08-13
#6
Name: smitha
Subject:  Thumbsucking
hi kala,
Am sorry, my reply on 'thumbsucking' ws meant to b addressed to Ms Sapna, by mistake it ws addressed to u.

Sorry about that

bye
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2001-08-13
#7
Name: Smitha
Subject:  Thumbsucking
hi kala,
I am afraid ur opinion on thumbsucking is NOT accurate. Its not true that only "unattended" kids r thumbsuckers.

Moreover, pls keep in mind to use words appropriately as u r answering to a query of a concerned mother.

Thank U
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2001-08-13
#8
Name: sumitha
Subject:  shocked at the response
hi,
the observation that only an unhappy child sucks his/her thumb is absoloutely wrong.who would in their right mind keep their child in an unhappy state of affairs.
it is known that kids suck their thumb while in the womb too.would u say that the child is unhappy or unattended there ?
this is a very sorry way of answering to somebody's queries.
try to understand that to every person his/her kid is very important.
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2001-08-09
#9
Name: Mom
Subject:  Thumbsucking
There is a medicine available which you can put on the thumb which taste very bitter. I have heard it stops the child. If you don't want to get that, then apply something very bitter on the thumb or something you know the baby doesn't like and that may help. Once they have found their thumb it is hard to stop them, their thumb has now become their comfort. When your child started at 4 months, that is when it should have been corrected but remember there isn't anything wrong with what your child is doing. Some children like their thumb, if you can not stop your 14 month old, then leave her be and she will eventually stop.
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2001-08-10
#10
Name: Vijaya S
Subject:  Reply
It is very common for a child to suck its thumb when it is uncomfortable or unhappy. The best way to stop the child from thumb-sucking is to remove the cause of dis-comfort. Applying a bitter medicine will only make the child more uncomfortable and the desire to suck its thumb will increase. By sucking its thumb, a baby is only trying to soothe itself. If we can do it, the baby will stop sucking.
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